IMPORTANT NOTE: The following information is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacist or other healthcare professional. It should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. Consult your healthcare professional before using this drug.

ALMOTRIPTAN - ORAL

(AL-moe-trip-tan)

COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Axert

USES: Almotriptan is used to treat migraine headache attacks. It does not prevent migraine headaches from occurring and should not be used for other types of headaches (e.g., cluster headaches, tension headaches).

HOW TO USE: Take this medication by mouth as directed by your doctor for migraine headache. If the headache returns or you have no relief from the first dose, a second dose of this medication may be taken 2 hours after the initial dose; but only if instructed to do so by your doctor. Do not take more than two doses of this medication in a 24-hour time period.

SIDE EFFECTS: Nausea, drowsiness, dizziness, diarrhea, headache, sweating, or dry mouth may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor. Tell your doctor immediately if any of these serious side effects occur: tingling or numbness of the hands/feet, chest or neck pain/pressure. Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: rash, muscle pain, heartburn, unusual swelling, mental/mood changes, eye discomfort, trouble urinating (e.g., pain, discomfort, or frequent urination). Tell your doctor immediately if any of these highly unlikely but very serious side effects occur: unusually fast/slow/irregular heartbeat, chest pain, trouble breathing, stomach pain, bloody diarrhea, one-sided weakness, vision problems, slurred speech. If you notice any other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

PRECAUTIONS: This medication is not recommended for use if you have any of the following medical conditions: chest pain (angina), history of heart attack(s), other heart or blood vessel disease (cardiovascular ischemia), high blood pressure. Tell your doctor your medical history, especially of: high cholesterol, diabetes, smoking history, family history of heart disease, menopause, intestinal problems/disease, liver problems, stroke, any allergies (especially to other "triptan" migraine medicine). This drug should not be used in people under 18 years of age. This medication should be used only when clearly needed during pregnancy. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. It is not known whether this drug passes into breast milk. Because of the potential risk to the infant, breast-feeding while using this drug is not recommended. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

DRUG INTERACTIONS: Tell your doctor of all prescription and nonprescription medication you may use, especially: cimetidine, verapamil, SSRI antidepressants (e.g., fluoxetine, sertraline), azole antifungals (e.g., itraconazole, ketoconazole), macrolide antibiotics (e.g., clarithromycin, erythromycin), protease inhibitors (e.g., nelfinavir, ritonavir), sibutramine. Certain medications taken with this product could result in serious, even fatal, drug interactions. Avoid taking MAO inhibitors (e.g., furazolidone, linezolid, phenelzine, procarbazine, selegiline, tranylcypromine) for at least 2 weeks before or after taking this drug. Also, avoid taking other "triptan" migraine drugs (e.g., sumatriptan) or ergot-type drugs (e.g., dihydroergotamine, ergotamine, methysergide) while taking this medicine. Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.

OVERDOSE: If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. Symptoms of overdose may include: severe dizziness, blurred vision, or unusually fast or irregular heartbeat.

NOTES: Do not share this medication with others. Laboratory and/or medical tests may be performed to monitor your progress and/or your risk of side effects.

MISSED DOSE: Not applicable.

STORAGE: Store at room temperature (77 degrees F or 25 degrees C) away from light and moisture. Brief storage temperatures ranging from 59 to 86 degrees F (15 to 30 degrees C) is permitted.

MEDICAL ALERT: Your condition can cause complications in a medical emergency. For enrollment information call MedicAlert at 1-800-854-1166 (USA), or 1-800-668-1507 (Canada).

Developed by First DataBank, Inc., San Bruno, CA
Copyright 2004 by First DataBank, Inc.