Axert

(almotriptan)

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Treats migraine headaches.

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Our bottom line

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

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Quick facts about almotriptan
  • Drug class: Neuro/psych
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (almotriptan)

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.
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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.
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How it works

Axert (almotriptan) is a selective serotonin receptor agonist called a triptan. Migraine headaches happen when blood vessels are too open and allow too much blood in the brain. Axert (almotriptan) tightens the blood vessels which relieves the pain.

Quick facts about almotriptan
  • Drug class: Neuro/psych
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (almotriptan)

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What to expect when you take Axert (almotriptan) for Migraine

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  • Possible side effects
  • Heart attack and stroke
  • Medication overuse headache
  • Serotonin syndrome
  • Increased blood pressure
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Side effect rates for Axert (almotriptan)

From 1699 clinical trials of almotriptan when taken for migraine headache, adults (12.5mg)
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The placebo bar shows how common a side effect was for people taking a sugar pill instead of almotriptan.

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Risks and Warnings for Axert (almotriptan)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Heart disease
    • history of chest pain/angina
    • uncontrolled high blood pressure

    People who have heart disease or chest pain shouldn't take Axert (almotriptan) since heart attacks have been seen in people who have had heart disease and migraines. This can feel like pain in the chest, jaw, neck or throat. Talk to your doctor first to see if you can take Axert (almotriptan).

Common concerns from people taking Axert (almotriptan)

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Pregnancy

Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

Tip: Always talk with your doctor before you take any medication while pregnant.
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Food
  • You can take Axert (almotriptan) with or without food.
Pain
  • Effective at relieving migraine pain.
Sleep
  • Not sure
    Some hassle
    Reviewed almotriptanon 8/27/2015It made me more sleepy and took longer to work than other Triptans
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    Woman
    A month or so