Although it is not designed to prevent migraines, Axert® (almotriptan maleate) can be taken to relieve migraine symptoms once they start. This prescription medication belongs to a class of migraine medications called 5-HT agonists (more commonly known as "triptans"), and it works by narrowing blood vessels that have become wider than they normally are. Some of the most common side effects of this product include:
- Dry mouth
- Abnormal sensations such as tingling, burning, or pricking (paresthesia).
Axert comes in tablet form. It is taken as soon as possible once migraine symptoms start. Talk to your healthcare provider if your headache comes back or does not go away -- another dose may be necessary.
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