Side Effects of Axert
Although most people tolerate Axert well, side effects are possible. Common ones include nausea, dry mouth, and abnormal sensations (such as tingling or burning). In many cases, side effects are minor and easily treated. However, severe chest pain or tightness, shortness of breath, and bloody diarrhea should be reported to your healthcare provider.
Side Effects of Axert: An IntroductionAs with any medicine, side effects are possible with Axert® (almotriptan maleate). However, not everyone who takes the drug will experience problems. In fact, most people tolerate it well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor, meaning they require no treatment or are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider.
(This article discusses most, but not all, Axert side effects. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list with you.)
Common Axert Side EffectsAxert has been studied thoroughly in clinical trials. In these studies, the side effects that occur in a group of people taking the drug are documented and compared to those that occur in another group of people not taking the medicine. Based on these studies, the most common side effects of Axert include:
- Nausea -- up to 2 percent of people
- Dry mouth -- up to 1 percent
- Abnormal sensations such as tingling, burning, or pricking (paresthesia) -- up to 1 percent.
Dizziness and drowsiness were also reported as common side effects in some studies, though the exact percentages were not reported.
Side Effects to ReportThere are a number of less common, but more serious, side effects with Axert that you should report to your healthcare provider. These include but are not limited to:
- Severe chest pain or tightness (see Axert and Heart Problems)
- Shortness of breath
- Sudden, severe abdominal pain (stomach pain)
- Bloody diarrhea
- Changes in vision, including loss of vision
- Dizziness, lightheadedness, or fainting
- Signs of an allergic reaction, including:
- Unexplained skin rashes
- Wheezing or shortness of breath
- Unexplained swelling.
Taking Axert with certain antidepressants can increase your risk of developing a group of dangerous symptoms called serotonin syndrome. Contact your healthcare provider immediately if you have any of the following symptoms:
- Seeing or hearing things that are not really there (hallucinations)
- A fast heartbeat (tachycardia)
- Muscle spasms
- Difficulty walking