Axert is prescribed for the treatment of migraines with or without aura (visual symptoms such as flashing lights or wavy lines, before a headache) in adults and adolescents aged 12 years to 17 years. Axert belongs to a class of drugs known as selective 5-HT receptor agonists. Migraine headache is believed to be caused by widening of the blood vessels in the head. Axert helps to narrow the vessels and relieves pain and other symptoms of a migraine headache. Axert is to be used only for a migraine attack. Your doctor will decide whether you have a migraine or not. Axert should not be continuously used to prevent or reduce the number of attacks you experience. It should also not be used to treat headaches caused due to other reasons. Axert is not to be used in children below 12 years of age. Your doctor has prescribed either a 6.25 mg or 12.5 mg dose of Axert for your migraine attack. When you have a migraine headache, take your medication as directed by your doctor. If your headache comes back after your initial dose, you may take a second dose any time after 2 hours of administering the first dose. If you had no pain relief after the first dose, do not take a second dose without first consulting with your doctor. Do not take more than 25 mg of Axert in a 24-hour period.
Axert is a migraine medication. It comes from United Kingdom also called Almogran manufactured by Aimrall. The generic equivalent of Axert is Almotriptan and it is available from Canada manufactured by Sanis Health and Sandoz. The brand Axert is available in the strength of 12.5 mg only but the generic equivalent of Axert (Almotriptan) is available as tablets in the dosage forms of 6.25 mg and 12.5 mg.
Stop taking Axert and call your doctor at once if you have one of these serious side effects:
• Heart throbbing
• Heaviness in chest, throat, neck or jaw
• Increased blood pressure
• Irregular heart rate
• Serious allergic reaction
• Shortness of breath
• Tightness or pain in chest
Less serious side effects include nausea, sleepiness, dizziness, tingling sensation, headache, and dry mouth. Please call your doctor if you have any further concerns or questions.
Do not use the medication if you have had a serious allergic reaction to Axert or any of its ingredients, suffer from uncontrolled high blood pressure, have a heart disease, a severe liver disease. This medication should not be used within 24 hours of treatment with another 5-HT agonist such as Maxalt, Imitrex, Zomig, Cafergot, Migranal or Sansert. Axert can cause dizziness, sleepiness. Do not drive or operate heavy machinery while taking this medication until you are sure that you are not experiencing these symptoms. Axert can interact with medications such as Maxalt, Imitrex, ergotamine-type medications like ergotamine, monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) such as tranylcypromine sulfate, ketoconazole, itraconazole (antifungals), ritonavir (an antiviral drug) or erythromycin (an antibiotic), selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) or serotonin norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs) such as sertraline, herbal products that contain St. John’s Wort.
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