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|Type of medicine||Triptan|
|Works by||Mimic the activity of serotonin in the brain to cause blood vessels to constrict|
|Effective within||30-60 minutes|
|Pack size||6 tablets|
|Common side effects||Nausea, Dizziness, Tiredness|
|Use with alcohol||Avoid|
Almotriptan 12.5mg tablets information
What is Almotriptan and what is it used for?
Almotriptan tablets provide effective relief from migraine attacks. The active ingredient is almotriptan, which is one of the several types of 'triptan' medicine. These medicines are all specifically used to relieve migraine headaches caused by inflammation and dilation of the blood vessels within the brain.
Almotriptan 12.5 mg tablets are available in boxes of 6 tablets and are suitable for use by adults between the ages of 18 - 65 years.
What are migraines?
Migraine headaches affect 25% of women and 8% of men in the UK. The condition is thought to be at least partially hereditary, meaning you may be more susceptible if someone in your close family also suffers from migraine episodes. You may find that the most severe attacks will completely disrupt your day. Symptoms of a migraine include:
- Throbbing pain in the head
- Increased intolerance to strong light, noise and smell
About 1 in 4 people who suffer from migraines experience some form of a warning sign (or 'aura') before the onset of each headache. This may involve visual cues such as blurred or distorted vision. A silent migraine occurs when the aura occurs but is not followed by an episode. Migraine episodes usually last for a few hours but can continue for as long as three days. After a headache has subsided, you may feel fatigued for several subsequent days.
There are a number of things that may trigger a migraine attack, including:
- A poor diet
- Lack of sleep
- Some women regularly suffer from migraine attacks during their period.
How does Almotriptan work?
It is not completely understood what causes the onset of migraine episodes. However, the throbbing pain is thought to occur due to the widening of the brain's blood vessels. Almotriptan is a serotonin (or 5HT) agonist, meaning it stimulates the brain's serotonin receptors causing blood vessels to narrow, relieving pain.
Almotriptan is most effective if taken at the start of a migraine attack, but will also provide relief if taken later on during the episode. 'Triptans' do not prevent migraines, however, they can be taken alongside preventative medicines.
Alternatives to Almotriptan
At The Independent Pharmacy, we take your health very seriously. We understand that not everyone experiences migraines in the same way and therefore some treatments work better for some people than others. That is why we always aim to stock a range of over-the-counter and prescription treatments to suit our customer's needs. For a full list of currently available treatments please take a look at our Advice for Migraines and Pain pages.
There are some over-the-counter medications that can be used initially to try and combat migraine pain and nausea. Some of the products include;
Reading the following warnings carefully will help to ensure you are selecting an appropriate product.
Almotriptan is unsuitable for you if:
- You are allergic to the active ingredient almotriptan or to any of the other ingredients in this medicine
- You have had a heart attack or stroke
- You have high blood pressure
- You have a history of peripheral vascular disease (obstruction of large arteries in the limbs)
- You have liver disease
- You are taking other 'triptan' medicines, or other migraine treatments (e.g. ergotamine and its derivative).
Before taking Almotriptan, talk to your doctor if you:
- Are allergic to sulphonamides (antibacterial treatments for UTIs)
- Suffer from kidney disease
- Notice any new migraine symptoms
- Are over the age of 65
- Are taking selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) or serotonin noradrenaline reuptake inhibitor (SNRI) antidepressants.
Please read all packaging and the Patient Information Leaflet before taking any new medicine and inform your doctor of medicines you are taking or intend to take.
How to take Almotriptan
Adults between 18 - 65 years: Take one 12.5mg tablet as soon as you notice the symptoms of a migraine attack. Swallow the medicine whole with a sip of water. After two hours, you can take a second dose if the attack has either returned or not gone away. Do not exceed two doses (two tablets) within a 24-hour period.
Almotriptan is most effective if taken at the start of a migraine attack, but will also provide relief if taken later on during the episode. Contact your doctor if your symptoms do not improve.
The active ingredient contained in Almotriptan is: Almotriptan 12.5 mg (as almotriptan D,L-hydrogen malate).
Almotriptan also contains the following inactive ingredients: Mannitol (E-421), microcrystalline cellulose, povidone, sodium starch glycolate, sodium stearyl fumarate Coating material: Hypromellose, titanium dioxide (E-171), Macrogol 400, carnauba wax
Almotriptan side effects
Not everyone will experience side effects when they take Almotriptan. However, if you do, they can include:
If you are concerned about these effects, or if the product affects you in any other way, stop using it and talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
Almotriptan 12.5mg tablets reviews
Almotriptan 12.5mg tablets FAQs
Almotriptan is the active ingredient in Almogran tablets. The patent on the Almogran brand has expired in recent years, meaning the generic medicine Almotriptan is now available.
When a medicine is first introduced onto the market it is given a license or patent. Only that manufacturer can produce it. When the patent expires, other companies can produce the treatment as well, usually leading to a dramatic drop in the price due to increased competition. Generic treatments are still produced by licensed manufacturers and must conform to the same strict manufacturing standards that the branded medicines meet.
There is 12.5mg of the active ingredient Almotriptan in each tablet. There are also several inactive ingredients: those which make up the body of the tablet and agents used in the manufacturing and tableting process. For more details, please see the 'Ingredients' tab above.
It is not completely understood what causes the onset of migraine episodes. However, the throbbing pain is thought to occur due to the widening of the brain's blood vessels.
Almotriptan is a serotonin (or 5HT) agonist, meaning it stimulates the brain's serotonin receptors. The drug mimics the activity of serotonin by stimulating these receptors. This causes blood vessels to narrow, relieving pain.
Almotriptan is most effective if taken at the start of a migraine attack, but will also provide relief if taken later on during the episode. After two hours, you can take a second dose if the attack has either returned or not gone away. Do not exceed two doses (two tablets) within a 24-hour period.
It is safe to use painkillers (such as aspirin, paracetamol or ibuprofen) or anti-nausea medicines (such as Buccastem or Prochlorperazine Buccal Tablets) at the same time as Almotriptan.
However, do not use two 'triptan' medicines together. Because these all have similar effects, it will not provide additional benefit to taking more than one at the same time. Instead, you may exceed the safe dosage and put yourself at risk of adverse side effects.
Almotriptan tablets are a prescription-only migraine treatment. For that reason, to ensure the safety of our patients and the legal operating of our pharmacy, we only supply a maximum of 3 packs of treatment at one time.
This allows us to balance offering our patients an adequate supply of treatment with regular checks on their condition, symptoms, and effectiveness of treatment. This model ensures the perfect mix of convenience with optimal health and safety.
If you have no adverse effects and your migraines are well controlled, you can log in and easily re-order another supply.
Almotriptan tablets can be taken with or without food. It is much more important that they are taken as soon as possible after a migraine attack begins.
None of the above should have any effect on Almotriptan. However, alcohol can make a migraine attack worse, so you may want to avoid it. Although Almotriptan is not affected by the contraceptive pill, migraines can be linked to hormonal changes during your period
Yes – we understand that sometimes you will want your treatment as soon as possible. If ordered before 4pm Monday to Friday, tablets are available for next-day delivery.
Yes – as long as you are buying from a website that is a legally operating and regulated pharmacy, it is perfectly safe to buy Almotriptan online.
The Independent Pharmacy is an NHS Online Pharmacy based in Bristol and has all the necessary regulation to be able to safely provide convenient access to genuine prescription treatments through our Online Pharmacy and Online Doctor.
All of our migraine treatments are supplied by the same UK-based wholesalers used by the large high-street chains such as Lloyds and Boots.
Just select 'Start Consultation' next to the product above, or on the links below.
You will need to fill in a simple health questionnaire so that our GPs and Pharmacists can ensure it is safe for us to supply your Almotriptan to you. It only takes a few minutes, and your treatment can be delivered to your door as soon as the next working day.
There are many advantages to buying migraine treatment online, some include:
- It's quick and easy- there is no need to spend time at the doctor or pharmacy.
- Fast delivery- We offer same day dispatch before 4pm and fast delivery to your address of choice with Royal Mail.
- Great prices- we are able to offer very competitive prices and we guarantee to beat any other Online Doctor service.
- A wealth of information - we provide all the information you could need on Almotriptan and other migraine treatments, in easy to digest formats, at a time that suits you.
Almotriptan and other triptans are used to treat acute attacks of a migraine. They work by reversing the widened blood vessels in the brain that cause migraines. For this reason, they should only be used to treat existing, or oncoming migraines; not to prevent them.
Almotriptan tablets will not be effective in preventing migraines that have not yet occurred. They may even contribute to making your headaches/migraines worse due to overuse if they are used as a preventative treatment.
For more information on preventative treatments, you can read our Migraine page or go to the NHS Choices Migraine Prevention page.
Although it helps to relieve migraines, Almotriptan is not a painkiller. All triptan medicines are serotonin (5HT) agonists. The pain relief is a secondary effect.
Almotriptan can be used alongside traditional painkillers such as paracetamol and ibuprofen if extra pain relief is necessary whilst the tablet is taking effect.
Almotriptan is an extremely effective migraine treatment for many people with mild, moderate or even severe migraine symptoms.
Some people may find that Almotriptan is only mildly effective, or even ineffective. There is nothing to worry about if this is the case. Almotriptan is not effective for everyone. If you have tried it on a number of occasions without getting the desired results, you can try a different migraine treatment.
Triptan migraine treatments all have the same mechanism of action. However, people respond to each one differently, for unknown reasons. If one treatment, such as Almotriptan, has not had the desired effects, it is worth trying a different treatment to see if it is more effective for you.
This will depend on your symptoms and triggers. For example, people who suffer from sensitivity to light should sit or lie in a darkened room. Those who experience issues with sound should go somewhere quiet or use a good pair of earplugs to avoid irritating their symptoms further.
Often people feel better after eating, drinking or taking a nap as well as taking any necessary treatment.
We would advise you not to split these tablets in order to change the dosage. This is because it is impossible to ensure that you will actually split the tablet in half, or that the medicine is evenly distributed throughout the tablet. So, you will not know the exact amount you are taking.
Almotriptan tablets are available on the NHS from your GP if you have been diagnosed with migraines. This is normally where we suggest people start their treatment, to ensure that their condition is properly diagnosed and any possible serious symptoms are addressed.
Many people can find it difficult to fit in time to see their GP or hard to get an appointment at all! It can, therefore, be more convenient to order your treatment online and have it delivered to your home or work address with minimum fuss. We also provide complete support to allow you to get any questions answered by our professional team by phone, email or live chat.
At The Independent Pharmacy, we take the headache out of getting migraine treatment.