When and How to Take AlmotriptanSome general considerations for when and how to take almotriptan include:
- Almotriptan should be taken by mouth as soon as possible once a migraine starts.
- Swallow almotriptan tablets whole with a drink of water or other fluids.
- If your headache comes back or does not go away, your healthcare provider may recommend a second dose of almotriptan after waiting at least two hours from the time you took the first dose. Let your healthcare provider know if almotriptan does not work completely after one dose.
- For almotriptan to work properly, you have to take it as prescribed. Almotriptan will not work if you stop taking it.
Dosing With AlmotriptanThe dose of almotriptan your healthcare provider recommends will vary depending on a number of factors, including:
- How you respond to almotriptan
- Other medical conditions you may have
- Other medications you may be currently taking.
As always, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
(Click Almotriptan Dosing for more information about dosing for almotriptan.)
Side Effects of AlmotriptanAs with any medicine, there are possible side effects with almotriptan. However, not everyone who takes almotriptan will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate almotriptan well. When almotriptan side effects occur, in most cases they are minor and either require no treatment or can easily be treated by you or your healthcare provider.
Some of the most common almotriptan side effects include:
- Dry mouth
- Abnormal sensations such as tingling, burning, or pricking (paresthesia).
(Click Almotriptan Side Effects to learn about the specific side effects of almotriptan, including serious side effects to look out for. You can also read about other possible side effects by going to Axert and Heart Problems.)