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Acupuncture for Migraines - Axert Drug Interactions

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  • Acupuncture for Migraines
    Some people with migraines may experience as much benefit from acupuncture as from traditional drugs. This eMedTV page discusses the results of research studies on preventing migraines with acupuncture, including tips on finding a practitioner.
  • Almotriptan
    Almotriptan is a prescription drug approved to treat migraine headaches. This section of the eMedTV library describes how almotriptan works to relieve migraine symptoms, lists potential side effects, and offers some general dosing guidelines.
  • Almotriptan (Axert)
    People who have migraine headaches may benefit from almotriptan (Axert), a prescription drug. This eMedTV Web page gives an overview of this product, with details on how it performed in clinical trials and what to do if it doesn't seem to be working.
  • Almotriptan Dosing
    The usual dosage of almotriptan is 6.25 mg or 12.5 mg, taken as soon as a migraine starts. This eMedTV page also lists factors that can affect almotriptan dosing (like how you respond to the drug) and tips on taking your dosage.
  • Almotriptan Side Effects
    This eMedTV segment explains that there are potential side effects of almotriptan, including drowsiness, dry mouth, and nausea. This page also highlights some of the more serious almotriptan side effects, such as chest pain and hallucinations.
  • Alsuma
    Alsuma is a prescription drug licensed to relieve symptoms of migraines or cluster headaches. This eMedTV Web page features an overview of this medicine, including how it works to constrict blood vessels in the head, how it is given, and side effects.
  • Alsuma and Breastfeeding
    Alsuma has been shown to pass through breast milk in humans. Therefore, as discussed in this selection from the eMedTV Web library, women should talk to their healthcare provider before using Alsuma while breastfeeding a child.
  • Alsuma and Heart Problems
    If you use Alsuma and develop heart problems like chest pain or tightness, seek immediate medical care. This eMedTV resource addresses the safety concerns with using this medicine in people who have heart conditions or risk factors for heart disease.
  • Alsuma and Pregnancy
    This eMedTV Web selection addresses the question of whether women can use Alsuma during pregnancy. This article examines the animal research that has been done on this drug and describes some of the problems that it could cause during pregnancy.
  • Alsuma Dosage
    As described in this eMedTV Web page, dosing guidelines for Alsuma are the same for everyone -- one injection to treat a migraine or cluster headache. This article explains when a second injection can be used and gives some tips on how to use this drug.
  • Alsuma Drug Interactions
    As explained in this eMedTV page, drugs like Celexa and Paxil can cause negative interactions when combined with Alsuma. This article contains a detailed list of other products that can cause problems with Alsuma and describes the problems that may occur.
  • Alsuma Medication Information
    Alsuma is a prescription medicine used to treat migraines or cluster headaches in adults. This eMedTV article provides more information on Alsuma, including why this medication is not safe for some people. A link to more details is also included.
  • Alsuma Overdose
    This eMedTV segment explains that if you use too much Alsuma, you should seek medical attention right away. This page explains when an overdose on this drug might occur and why it is difficult to know what problems an overdose could cause.
  • Alsuma Side Effects
    As explained in this eMedTV article, research on Alsuma has shown that reactions at the injection site and abnormal sensations are the most commonly reported side effects. Alsuma can also result in potentially dangerous problems that require medical care.
  • Alsuma Uses
    This eMedTV resource explains that if you have cluster headaches or migraines, a doctor may prescribe Alsuma to help relieve associated symptoms. This page takes a closer look at Alsuma uses, including how the drug works and if it is safe for children.
  • Alsuma Warnings and Precautions
    As explained in this eMedTV segment, Alsuma should not be used by some people, including those with a history of heart disease. This article features other important warnings and safety precautions for Alsuma, including problems this drug can cause.
  • Amerge
    Amerge is commonly prescribed to treat (but not prevent) migraine headaches. This eMedTV page explains how the medication works to narrow the blood vessels in the head, lists possible side effects, and provides tips on how to take the medicine.
  • Amerge Alternatives
    Alternatives to Amerge may include medications such as Imitrex, Migranal, and Relpax. This eMedTV resource discusses Amerge alternatives, including lifestyle changes that may help alleviate symptoms of migraines, such as exercising more.
  • Amerge and Heart Problems
    In studies, less than 1 percent of those taking Amerge developed heart problems. This eMedTV page discusses Amerge and heart problems it may cause (such as heart attacks), particularly in people with a history of (or risk factors for) heart disease.
  • Amerge and Pregnancy
    Amerge may not be safe to take when pregnant. This eMedTV segment discusses Amerge and pregnancy, including an explanation as to why the FDA has classified the drug as a pregnancy Category C medication.
  • Amerge Dosage
    Generally, the Amerge dosage used to treat symptoms of a migraine is either 1 mg or 2.5 mg. As explained in this eMedTV segment, Amerge is not meant to be taken on a daily basis -- it should be taken as soon as possible once a migraine has started.
  • Amerge Drug Interactions
    Types of drugs that may interact with Amerge include ergot medicines, triptans, and some antidepressants. This eMedTV article discusses certain Amerge drug interactions and their effects, some of which can be dangerous.
  • Amerge Medication
    One possible option for treating migraines is Amerge. This eMedTV resource presents a brief overview of this medication, with information on how it performed in clinical trials and how you may be instructed to take it, with a link to more information.
  • Amerge Overdose
    It is possible to overdose on Amerge. This eMedTV article identifies some potential Amerge overdose symptoms, such as loss of coordination, heart problems, and lightheadedness. This article also covers treatment options for a recent overdose.
  • Amerge Side Effects
    Side effects of Amerge may include nausea, fatigue, and dizziness. This eMedTV article takes an in-depth look at Amerge side effects, including information about potentially serious health problems that may develop with the medication.
  • Amerge Uses
    This eMedTV resource covers some Amerge uses, explaining that although the medication is licensed to treat migraines, it may also be used "off-label" to treat cluster headaches. This article also describes how Amerge relieves migraine symptoms.
  • Amerge Warnings and Precautions
    This eMedTV page explores Amerge warnings and precautions, such as those concerning the increased risk for heart problems associated with the medication. This article also discusses who should not take Amerge, such as those with liver problems.
  • Axert
    Axert is a prescription medicine that is used to treat a migraine headache as it occurs. This eMedTV article explains how Axert works to narrow blood vessels in the head, and also lists possible side effects of the drug and tips on how to take it.
  • Axert Alternatives
    This eMedTV resource explains that there are several Axert alternatives used to treat migraines, including lifestyle changes and other drugs. This page explains that you should talk to your doctor if Axert does not work for you or causes side effects.
  • Axert and Heart Problems
    This part of the eMedTV archives explores Axert and heart problems, explaining that people who have heart disease should not take Axert. This page also describes some of the risks of taking Axert if you have heart problems.
  • Axert and Pregnancy
    This portion of the eMedTV archives explains that if you are taking Axert and pregnancy occurs, you should let your healthcare provider know. Axert may not be safe to take during pregnancy.
  • Axert Dosage
    The usual recommended Axert dosage is 6.25 mg or 12.5 mg. This eMedTV segment explains that the Axert dose your doctor prescribes will vary depending on several factors (like other drugs you may be taking) and should be taken only during a migraine.
  • Axert Drug Interactions
    Taking Axert with some antidepressants can potentially cause a group of symptoms called serotonin syndrome. This eMedTV Web page covers other potential Axert drug interactions, which can occur with ritonavir, MAOIs, itraconazole, and other drugs.
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