Almotriptan: An Antimigraine Drug
Almotriptan is an antimigraine drug that belongs to the triptan family. It reduces the headache pain that appears in migraines. This effect is achieved by its ability to constrict cerebral blood vessels.
What is a migraine?
A migraine is a common type of headache. In many cases, a migraine manifests itself with symptoms other than a headache. These symptoms include nausea, vomiting, or hypersensitivity to light and sound. Currently, more than 12% of the population is affected by migraines.
Types of migraine
Fundamentally, migraines can be of two types: with aura and without aura.
Migraine with aura
The aura is the set of symptoms that originate in the brain and appear at the onset of migraines. We can say that aura symptoms are the warning of the onset of the headache.
In general, the aura usually appears 10 to 15 minutes before the onset of the headache. The aura lasts for about one hour. Among the most characteristic symptoms of a migraine with aura are the following:
- Vision disturbances
- Temporary blindness
- The appearance of stars or flashes, which may be colored
- A sensation of tingling or numbness in the mouth or extremities
Migraine without aura
In this case, the headache appears progressively, it starts with a pain that evolves in intensity as time goes by, lasting from minutes to hours.
Normally, the pain is experienced more intensely on one side of the head. The symptoms that accompany this type of migraine are fatigue, chills, sweating, and sensitivity to light or noise. After a migraine episode, in many cases, you may experience neck pain and drowsiness.
How does almotriptan work and how much do I have to take?
The Almotriptan antimigraine drug works by decreasing the inflammation that accompanies migraine. It exerts its effect by binding to the serotonin receptors present in the blood vessels of the brain. As a consequence of its action, a vasoconstriction of these vessels takes place and the dilatation that causes pain decreases or disappears.
This drug is indicated for the treatment of acute migraines with or without aura. Almotriptan relieves headache pain and other symptoms associated with migraines, such as nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light and noise.
The usual dose prescribed by doctors is one 12.5 milligram tablet. You should take it as soon as the first symptoms that you can relate to the headache appear. You can take almotriptan with food as its effect isn’t altered by it.
Its effect appears within half an hour of taking it, but if, after the first dose, the headache doesn’t disappear or reappears, you can take another dose. However, you must wait at least two hours after the first dose to take any more, and not exceed two tablets.
In general, although almotriptan is well-tolerated, the adverse reactions that may occur while taking this drug affect the stomach in the form of nausea and vomiting. However, in some cases, you may also experience drowsiness or tiredness.
Almotriptan has few interactions, however, doctors don’t advise taking it together with other anti-migraine drugs, as an increase in blood pressure may occur.
Side effects of almotriptan
This drug may produce some side effects, the most frequent being the following:
- Nausea and vomiting
This drug may cause drowsiness and, for this reason, you should be careful if you’re going to drive or if you have to perform tasks that require special attention.
Each migraine has its own particularities
Every migraine sufferer has their own particularities. This antimigraine drug, Almotriptan, is a drug that is effective for some, but may not be effective for others. The advantage it offers is a lower incidence of adverse effects than other antimigraine drugs.It might interest you...