Axert
Alternatives

(almotriptan)

Axert (almotriptan)

Prescription only

Maxalt (Rizatriptan)

Prescription only
1 of 9 alternatives
Treats migraine headaches.

Axert (almotriptan) is better than other similar medications for migraines for pain relief.

Treats migraine headaches.

Maxalt (Rizatriptan) is great for relieving short migraines, but doesn't work as well for long-lasting headaches.

Upsides
  • Effective at relieving migraine pain.
  • You can take Axert (almotriptan) with or without food.
  • Axert (almotriptan) works within 30 minutes of taking it, and most people don't have to take a second dose to control their pain.
  • Axert (almotriptan) is available in generic.
  • Triptans like Maxalt (Rizatriptan) are considered the first-choice treatment to relieve moderate to severe migraine-type headaches.
  • It can also be used to treat tension-type headaches.
  • Not all triptans work the same way for people, so you can try multiple ones to find the right medication for you.
  • You don't need to drink water with the orally disintegrating tablet for it to work, so this could be a good medication for people who can't keep water down when they have a migraine.
Downsides
  • Axert (almotriptan) can only treat migraines that have already started. It can't stop a migraine from happening.
  • Axert (almotriptan) is only available as a pill that must be swallowed, so taking it might be difficult for someone who has trouble swallowing during a migraine.
  • Maxalt (Rizatriptan) doesn’t prevent migraines or tension headaches, but only works once the headache starts.
  • It can cause rebound headaches if it’s used too often.
  • You need to wait at least 2 hours after your first dose to take a second dose.
  • May not be the best choice if you have long, drawn-out headaches. Ask your doctor about other triptans that can last longer than Maxalt (Rizatriptan).
  • Not a good choice if you have heart disease or if you’re pregnant or breast-feeding.
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  • Pill
  • Pill
  • Dissolving tablet
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Side effects
1possible side effects
  • Nausea
    2%
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Risks and warnings
  • Heart attack

    Heart disease

    ...and 2 more risk factors

  • Stroke

    History of a stroke

  • Medication overuse headache

    Using Axert (almotriptan) for more than 10 days a month

  • Serotonin syndrome

    Tricyclic antidepressants

    ...and 5 more risk factors

  • Increased blood pressure

    Uncontrolled high blood pressure

  • Blood vessel issues

    High blood pressure

    ...and 1 more risk factors

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  • Tightening of blood vessels (myocardial angina, ischemia, or infarction)

    History of heart problems

    ...and 5 more risk factors

  • Stroke

    History of heart problems

    ...and 5 more risk factors

  • Serotonin syndrome

    Patients taking SSRIs and SNRIs

  • High blood pressure

    History of high blood pressure

  • Seizures

    History of seizures

  • Phenylketonuria (PKU)

    Phenylketonuria (PKU)

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