Axert

almotriptan

By Ortho-McNeil

What side effects are possible with this medication?

A side effect is an unwanted response to a medication when it is taken in normal doses. It can be mild or severe, temporary or permanent, but does not occur in everyone.

The following side effects have been reported by at least 1% of people taking this medication. Many of these side effects can be managed, and some may go away over time. If you develop any of these side effects (or any other side effects not listed here) or they change in intensity, speak to your doctor or pharmacist for advice on managing them and on the risks and benefits of the medication.

  • dizziness
  • dry mouth
  • headache
  • nausea
  • numbness or tingling sensation
  • vomiting
  • sleepiness
Click here to learn about serious side effects that can potentially occur with any medication. These examples are provided for information purposes only and are not meant to be exhaustive. Always consult your doctor for sound medical advice specific to your particular medication and treatment.

If you experience a serious side effect, you or your doctor may send a report to the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program online or by phone at 1-800-332-1088.

Are there any other precautions or warnings for this medication?

Before you begin using a medication, be sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions or allergies you may have, any medications you are taking, whether you are pregnant or breast-feeding, and any other significant facts about your health. These factors may affect how you should use this medication.

Drowsiness/reduced alertness: Almotriptan may cause drowsiness. Do not operate machinery or drive a car after you take this medication until you know how it affects you.

Heart disease: Almotriptan can cause serous heart problems such as heart attack. If you have heart disease, discuss with your doctor how this medication may affect your medical condition, how your medical condition may affect the dosing and effectiveness of this medication, and whether any special monitoring is needed.

If you are at risk for heart disease, you should also discuss with your doctors about using this medication. Risk factors for heart disease include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, or a strong family history of heart disease; smokers, overweight; women in menopause; and men over 40 years old. Your doctor may also recommend regular heart check-ups while you are taking this medication.

Call your doctor immediately if you experience sensations of tightness, pain, pressure and heaviness in the chest, jaw, throat, or neck.

Increases in blood pressure: Almotriptan can cause increases in blood pressure. If you have high blood pressure and it is not well controlled, discuss with your doctor how this medication may affect your blood pressure, and whether any special monitoring is needed.

Liver or kidney problems: If you have reduced liver or kidney function, discuss with your doctor how this medication may affect your medical condition, how your medical condition may affect the dosing and effectiveness of this medication, and whether any special monitoring is needed.

Serotonin syndrome: Almotriptan may cause a rare but potentially life-threatening side effect called serotonin syndrome, especially when it is taking with certain type of antidepressants. If you experience fast heartbeat, hallucinations, agitations, sweating, tight muscles, trouble walking, or high or low blood pressure, contact your doctor immediately.

Stroke or transient ischemic attacks: This medication can cause cerebrovascular events such as stroke. It is recommended that people with history of stroke not take this medication. If you have had a stroke or TIA, discuss with your doctor how this medication may affect your medical condition, how your medical condition may affect the dosing and effectiveness of this medication, and whether any special monitoring is needed.

Pregnancy: This medication should not be used during pregnancy unless the benefits outweigh the risks. If you become pregnant while taking this medication, contact your doctor immediately.

Breast-feeding: It is not known if almotriptan passes into breast milk. If you are a breast-feeding mother and are taking this medication, it may affect your baby. Talk to your doctor about whether you will need to stop taking the medication or stop breast-feeding.

Children: This medication should not be used by people under 12 years of age because its safety and effectiveness for this age group is unknown.

What other drugs could interact with this medication?

There may be an interaction between almotriptan and any of the following:

  • ergot-containing medications (dihydroergotamine or methysergide)
  • erythromycin
  • ketoconazole
  • itraconazole
  • other selective serotonin agonists (sumatriptan, naritriptan)
  • ritonavir
  • selective serontonin receptor inhibitors (fluoxetine, fluvoxamine, paroxetine, sertraline)
  • serotonin norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (venlafaxine, duloxetine)

If you are taking any of these medications, speak with your doctor or pharmacist. Depending on your specific circumstances, your doctor may want you to:

  • stop taking one of the medications,
  • change one of the medications to another,
  • change how you are taking one or both of the medications, or
  • leave everything as is.

An interaction between two medications does not always mean that you must stop taking one of them. Speak to your doctor about how any drug interactions are being managed or should be managed.

Medications other than those listed above may interact with this medication. Tell your doctor or prescriber about all prescription, over-the-counter (non-prescription), and herbal medications you are taking. Also tell them about any supplements you take. Since caffeine, alcohol, the nicotine from cigarettes, or street drugs can affect the action of many medications, you should let your prescriber know if you use them.

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