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What is Axert (Almotriptan Maleate) prescribed for?
The active ingredient in Axert, known as Almotriptan Maleate, is used in the treatment for migraines. It helps relieve headaches, pain, and various migraine symptoms. Which include vomiting, nausea, and sensitivity to light and sound. Using this medication can help you return to your daily routine.
How does Axert (Almotriptan Maleate) work?
Almotriptan belongs to a class of drugs known as triptans. And what this medication does, is that it creates an effect in certain natural substances that narrows the blood vessels in the brain. Allowing it to relieve the pain that is affecting certain nerves in the brain.
This medication can be taken by mouth with or without food, as directed by your doctor. It is best to take it at the first sign of a migraine. If there is no improvement, do not take larger or smaller doses before talking to your doctor. If your headache comes back, you may take a second dose after 2 hours. Do not take more than 2 doses in 24 hours.
Make sure that you relay to your doctor of any other medications you may use. Remember that the dosage is based on your medical condition and response to the treatment. As well as what other medications you may be on as well.
Before taking Almotriptan Maleate, inform you doctor if you are allergic to it, or to any other medications. Also to let him know of any other allergies that you may have in general.
Be sure to notify you doctor of all of you medical history, especially of those listed below; blood circulation problems (for example, in your legs, arms/hands, or stomach), certain types of headaches (hemiplegic or basilar migraine), heart problems (such as chest pain, irregular heartbeat, previous heart attack), stroke or "mini-stroke" (transient ischemic attack), kidney disease, liver disease.
Certain conditions can cause an increased risk in heart problems. Speak with your doctor if you have any of the conditions listed here; diabetes, family history of heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, overweight, smoker, postmenopausal (women), age more than 40 years (men).
The risk of heart disease, liver disease, and high blood pressure increases with age. Older adults may be more sensitive to the side effects of this drug, especially increased blood pressure and heart problems.
Your doctor has prescribed this medication for you because they believe the benefit you will receive is greater than the risk of any side effect. Most people using this medication do not have serious side effects. However it is best to notify your doctor right away if you start receiving these side effects listed; blue fingers/toes/nails, cold sensation of hands/feet, hearing changes, mental/mood changes.
Do note that this medication may raise your blood pressure, so keep in mind to check your blood pressure regularly and speak with your doctor if your results are high.
While this medication is commonly known to cause chest/jaw/neck tightness, pain or pressure, it is usually however, not that serious. However, these side effects are much like the symptoms of a heart attack. Get help right away if you start having these serious side effects; fast/irregular heartbeat, fainting, severe stomach/abdominal pain, bloody diarrhea, signs of a stroke (such as weakness on one side of the body, trouble speaking, sudden vision changes, confusion).
What happens if I suddenly stop taking this medication?
There may be a relapse in symptoms as well as side effects. You should speak your doctor before stop taking this medication.
What is the best dosage to take?
The diagnosis with your doctor will be able to determine the best dosage for your treatment. Work with your doctor closely for dosage and dosing schedules.
What happens if I miss a dose?
You should take the missed dose as soon you realize you have forgotten. If the forgotten dose is closer to your next scheduled dose, take the next schedule dose to avoid overlapping in dose.
What is the best way to store this medication?
This medication is stored at room temperature, and should be kept away from children and pets. Do not throw away this medication in the wastebasket. If you are uncertain how to dispose of this medication speak with your pharmacist for help in safely disposing of this medication.
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