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What is Almotriptan?
Almotriptan tablets are an effective medication to help people who are suffering from migraine attacks. This medicine is often sold under the brand name Almogran.
It is a prescription-only medicine (POM). You can buy Almotriptan in packets of 6 tablets from Medicine Direct's online pharmacy, after an online consultation with one of our registered doctors. They will prescribe you this medicine if they believe it is the most suitable to treat your specific condition. You can then order it from our registered pharmacy; order by 2pm and we can offer you free next day delivery.
What is Almotriptan used to treat?
Taking Almotriptan tablets will provide fast-acting relief for the pain associated with migraine headaches. The active ingredient is almotriptan, which belongs to a group of medicines called triptans. Triptans are specifically prescribed to relieve the pain caused by migraine headaches.
It is not completely understood what the cause of a migraine is, but the throbbing pain is believed to be a result of the brain's blood vessels widening. Almotriptan is a serotonin receptor agonist, meaning that it stimulates the brain's serotonin receptors, reducing the inflammatory response caused by migraines by causing the blood vessels to narrow.
It is most effective when taken at the onset of a migraine attack, but if you are not able to take it until later on during a migraine episode, it should still be effective. However, taking Almotriptan will not prevent a migraine, so you should not use the medicine for this purpose.
Who can take Almotriptan?
Almotriptan is not a suitable treatment for everyone to take.
Do not take Almotriptan tablets if any of the following apply to you:
- You are allergic to almotriptan or any of the other ingredients contained in this treatment (refer to the Ingredients tab for full details)
- You have ever suffered from any diseases that restrict the blood supply to your heart, including:
- Heart attack
- Chest pain or discomfort that happens with stress or activity
- Heart problems without any pain
- Severe high blood pressure
- Mild or moderate high blood pressure that is not controlled
- You have ever had a stroke or a reduction in blood flow to the brain
- You have ever had obstruction of the large arteries in your arms or legs
- You are already taking any other treatment for migraines, such as ergotamine or other serotonin antagonists
- You have severe liver disease
Speak to your doctor or pharmacist before taking this medicine if:
- Your headache symptoms are different to your normal migraine attacks. They may include vertigo or short-term paralysis on one side of your body
- Your type of migraine has not been diagnosed
- You are allergic to sulphonamides (antibacterial medicines that are used in the treatment of urinary tract infections)
- You suffer from severe kidney disease
- You have liver disease
- You are over the age of 65
- You are at risk of heart disease, such as having uncontrolled high blood pressure, obesity, smoking, high cholesterol, a family history of heart disease, postmenopausal women or men over 40 years old
- You are taking antidepressants SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) or SNRIs (serotonin noradrenaline reuptake inhibitors)
This medication is only to be taken by adults over the age of 18. It is not suitable for children.
Pregnancy and breastfeeding
You should speak to your doctor for information on whether it is suitable for you to take Almotriptan if you are currently pregnant, think you might be pregnant, or are trying to get pregnant.
You should also speak to your doctor for guidance if you are breastfeeding. If they deem it suitable for you to take, you should not breastfeed for 24 hours after taking Almotriptan tablets.
Possible side effects
Like all medicines, Almotriptan has the risk of certain side effects, although not everyone gets them.
The common side effects may affect 1 in every 10 people who take it:
Less common side effects may affect up to 1 in 100 people:
- Heart palpitations
- Tingling, pricking or numb sensation in the skin
- Dry mouth
- Discomfort when digesting food
- Throat tightening
- Feeling weak
- Muscle pain
- Chest pain
- Bone pain
Speak to your doctor if any of these undesired effects bother you or do not go away.
Please note, this list is not exhaustive. Please refer to the Side Effects tab on this page for a list of more serious reactions you may suffer. Always read the patient information leaflet for a comprehensive list of side effects.
Always take Almotriptan tablets exactly as instructed by your doctor or pharmacist. Read the patient information leaflet thoroughly before you start taking them. Speak to your doctor or pharmacist for more information if you are unsure of how to take them.
This medicine must only be taken as a treatment for actual migraines as they happen, they should not be taken to prevent a migraine or a headache.
Almotriptan tablets should be swallowed whole with a drink of water. You can take them with or without food.
The recommended dose for adults aged 18-65 years old is one 12.5 mg tablet, which you should take as soon as possible after you feel the symptoms of a migraine coming on. Do not take more than one tablet for the same migraine if your symptoms do not improve.
If you suffer a second migraine within 24 hours, you can take a second tablet as long as you leave at least 2 hours between taking your first and second tablet.
Do not take more than two tablets in a 24 hour period.
If you have severe kidney disease, do not take more than one tablet in a 24 hour period.
What if I forget to take it?
Try to take this medicine as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose, do not take a double dose to try and make up for it.
What if I take more than I am supposed to?
Speak to a doctor or pharmacist if you or someone else takes more Almotriptan tablets than instructed.
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Rare side effects of Almotriptan include:
- Increased heart rate
- Heart attack
- Heart spasm
Seek immediate medical attention if you suffer any of the above.
In rare cases, you may suffer a severe allergic reaction and require immediate treatment in hospital. Call 999 or go to A&E if:
- You are wheezing
- You develop a skin rash that is red, itchy, swollen, blistered or peeling skin
- You have swelling in your face, lips, mouth, tongue or throat
- You are finding it hard to breathe or speak
- You have tightness in your chest or throat
Always read the patient information leaflet for a comprehensive list of side effects.
Warnings and drug interactions
Tell your doctor if you are already taking any other form of medicine before taking Almotriptan.
In particular, inform your doctor if you are currently taking:
- Medicines to treat depression, including selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) or serotonin norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs)
- Any herbal remedies that contain St John's Wort
Always read the patient information leaflet for more guidance. If you have any questions or concerns at all, we strongly advise you to speak to your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
The active ingredient of this medicine is almotriptan.
Inactive ingredients also contained are: mannitol (E-421), microcrystalline cellulose, povidone, sodium starch glycolate, sodium stearyl fumarate Coating material: Hypromellose, titanium dioxide (E-171), Macrogol 400 and carnauba wax.
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- 2 Online consultation Our Independent Prescribers will review your questions and assess your suitability for the medication.
- 3 Receive your delivery Your medication is dispensed and delivered directly to you from our UK based Pharmacy.