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Almotriptan - Oral - Patient Medicine Information

> Why do I need this medicine?
> How do I take this medicine?
> When should I not use this medicine?
> What should I take note of while taking this medicine?
> What side effects could I experience?
> Can I take this with other medicines?
> What special dietary instructions should I follow?
> How should I store this medicine?

 

Why do I need this medicine?

Almotriptan is used to treat migraine headaches. It helps to reduce pain and other symptoms associated with a migraine headache.

How do I take this medicine?

Take Almotriptan exactly as directed by your doctor or according to the instructions on the label. Do not take more or less than instructed by your doctor.

This medicine may be taken with or without food.

Take Almotriptan only when you have a migraine attack. Do not take this medicine if you do not have a migraine attack.

Almotriptan should be taken at the first sign of a migraine headache. If your migraine headache does not go away after taking the first dose, do not take a second dose without first asking your doctor. If your doctor says that you can take a second dose, wait for at least 2 hours from the time you took the first dose before taking the second dose.

Do not take more than 2 doses of Almotriptan in a 24-hour period.

When should I not use this medicine?

Alert your doctor if you have:

- heart disease
- severe or uncontrolled high blood pressure
- severe liver disease
- history of stroke
- blood circulation problems
as Almotriptan may not be suitable for you.

Do not take Almotriptan if you have already taken similar migraine medicine e.g. naratriptan, rizatriptan, sumatriptan or zolmitriptan in the last 24 hours.

Do not take Almotriptan if you have taken any migraine medicine which contains ergotamine or methysergide in the last 24 hours.

What should I take note of while taking this medicine?

Inform your doctor if you have the following:

- kidney disease
- diabetes
- obesity
- high cholesterol
- undiagnosed headaches

Let your doctor know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Notify your doctor if you smoke or a chain smoker.

Almotriptan should not be taken to prevent or reduce the number of migraine attacks.

Your doctor may need to do a medical examination and various tests before starting you on this medicine.

If you have an increased risk of heart disease, your doctor may advise you to take your first dose of Almotriptan in the clinic so that he can monitor your response. You will also be required to have regular heart check-ups while being treated with this medicine.

Almotriptan is not a painkiller. Do not take this medicine for any other purpose other than to relieve a migraine headache.

What side effects could I experience?

Almotriptan may cause dizziness or drowsiness and tiredness. This medicine may also cause you to suddenly fall asleep during your daily activities such as eating and watching television. You may not feel drowsy before you fall asleep. If affected, do not drive or take part in any activity in which you need to be alert.

Other side effects of Almotriptan include any of the following: nausea, vomiting, headache and dry mouth.

Some side effects may need immediate medical help. Alert your doctor quickly if you experience:

- tightness, pain, pressure or heaviness in the chest area, throat or jaw
- fast or irregular heartbeat
- agitation, confusion, hallucinations
- numbness or tingling sensation in the hands and feet

Inform your doctor if any of these side effects do not go away or are severe, or if you experience other side effects.

Can I take this with other medicines?

Do not take Almotriptan if you have already taken similar migraine medicine e.g. naratriptan, rizatriptan, sumatriptan or zolmitriptan in the last 24 hours.

Do not take Almotriptan if you have taken any migraine medicine which contains ergotamine or methysergide in the last 24 hours.

Inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any of these medicines:

- medicine for Parkinson's disease (a brain disease that affects movement) e.g. selegiline
- medicines for depression e.g. fluoxetine, fluvoxamine
- antibiotics e.g. erythromycin
- medicines to treat fungal infections e.g. ketoconazole, itraconazole
- a herbal supplement called St John's wort

This list does not include all medicines that may interact with Almotriptan.

Always notify the doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics such as traditional Chinese medicines, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.

What special dietary instructions should I follow?

Certain types of food and food additives e.g. chocolate, cheese, coffee and monosodium glutamate (MSG) may trigger a migraine attack. You may want to keep a food diary to help you identify possible foods that trigger off your attacks.

Avoid alcohol.

How should I store this medicine?

Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.

Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.

This information is independently developed by MIMS based on Almotriptan - Oral and is provided for your reference only. It is not a replacement for and should only be used in conjunction with full consultation with a licensed healthcare professional, the information provided by your pharmacist and/or the manufacturer of the medication. It may not contain all the available information you require and cannot substitute professional medical care, nor does it take into account all individual circumstances. Although great effort has been made to ensure content accuracy, we shall not be held responsible or liable for any claims or damages arising from the use or misuse of the information contained herein, its contents or omissions, or otherwise. Copyright © 2019 MIMS. All rights reserved. Powered by MIMS.com

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