What is Almogran?
Almogran tablets is a type of medicine commonly known as a triptan. It is a painkiller specifically used for the relief of migraine headaches. Almogran tablets contain the active ingredient Almotriptan, a medicine called a serotonin agonist.
How does Almogran work?
Almogran tablets contain the active ingredient Almotriptan, a serotonin agonist. It is a painkiller that is specifically used for the relief of migraine attacks.
The cause of migraine attacks is not fully understood although it is believed that the widening of the brain’s blood vessels causes the throbbing pain of migraine headaches. This medication relieves the pain by causing the blood vessels in the brain to narrow.
Almogran works by stimulating the brain’s receptors called serotonin receptors. The natural substance serotonin normally acts on the receptors to cause the blood vessels to narrow. Almogran mimics the action of serotonin by stimulating the brain’s serotonin receptors. This results in the narrowing of the blood vessels, leading to the relief of pain of migraine headaches.
A dose of Almogran should be taken as soon as a migraine headache started although the medicine is also effective if taken at a later stage during the migraine attack.
What are the benefits of using Almogran?
The main benefit of Almogran is the relief that it provides during a migraine attack. It effectively works to narrow the blood vessels resulting in the relief of the throbbing pain of a migraine attack.
How do I use Almogran?
Strictly follow the recommendations of your doctor on how to take this medicine. It is important that you read first the Patient Information leaflet that comes with the package of the medicine when you fill up the prescription.
Almogran tablets should be used only when there is an actual migraine attack. It is not to be used to prevent migraine attacks or headaches.
Almogran tablets may be taken with or without a meal. The tablets should be taken by mouth with a glass of water.
One tablet of Almogran should be taken right away at the start of a migraine attack. The medication will also be effective if taken at a later stage during the migraine attack.
If the first dose of Almogran did not provide relief to a migraine headache do not take another dose for the same attack. The effectiveness of the second tablet has not been proven in clinical studies.
If the first dose of this medication relieves your migraine headache, but a headache comes back, you can take a second dose of the medicine. However, you should not take the second dose of Almogran within two hours of your first dose.
Do not take more than two tablets of Almogran in a day.
The dose of Almogran that is typically prescribed for adults aged between 18 and 65 is one 12.5 mg tablet to be taken as soon as possible right after the start of the migraine attack. Do not take another dose of this medication if your migraine headache does not subside. Do not take more than one tablet for the same attack.
If you experience a second migraine attack with a 24-hour period, a second 12.5 mg tablet may be taken but you have to make sure that there is a gap of at least 2 hours between the first and the second tablets.
An individual can take only a maximum of two 12.5 mg tablets within a 24-hour period.
Side effects & precautions
Your doctor prescribed Almogran because he deemed that the benefit of the medication is greater than the risk of side effects. Not everyone who uses this medication experiences the serious side effects.
The following are the common side effects of Almogran:
The following are the uncommon side effects of Almogran:
- A headache
- Pins and needles
- Ringing or other noise in the ear
- Dry mouth
- Chest pain
- Weakness or loss of strength
- Muscle pain
The following are the very rare side effects of Almogran:
- Faster than normal heartbeat
- Heart attack
- Spasm of the heart blood vessels or coronary vasospasm
In extremely rare cases, Almogran may result in seizures.
If you experience any other side effect that is associated with your use of Almogran, report it immediately to your doctor.
Do not take more than 2 tablets of Almogran in a 24-hour period. Take Almogran on the dose that is recommended by your doctor.
Almogran may cause drowsiness. If you experience drowsiness, do not drive a vehicle or operate machinery.
Almogran should not be used to prevent migraines. It is used only to provide relief to a migraine headache when it has started.
Almogran should be used by people who have been found to have a migraine by a doctor. It should not be used for other types of headaches.
You should not be using Almogran frequently. If your migraine does not go away, or if you have too many instances of migraine attacks, it is important that you see your doctor. Taking a painkiller for a migraine or other headaches too often or for too long may actually make a headache worse.
Almogran should be used with caution on people who are allergic to it or to medicines from the sulphonamide group, with high blood pressure, with risk factors for ischemic heart disease, or a family history of heart disease. It should not be used by men over 40 years of age or by postmenopausal women. It also should not be used by people who have decreased kidney or liver function.
The safety of Almogran during pregnancy has not been established. Do not take Almogran during pregnancy unless your doctor considers it to be essential
Almogran may pass into breast milk. It should be used with caution by breastfeeding mothers. Breastfeeding mothers can minimize the exposure of their baby to the medicine by not breastfeeding for 24 hours following a dose of Almogran.
A drug interaction may change how Almogran and other medications work. They may also increase your risk of side effects. Share with your doctor a list of all medications you are taking, prescription and nonprescription, including vitamin supplements and herbal products.
Check with your doctor before starting a new medication while taking Almogran to make sure that the combination will not produce a drug interaction.
Almogran should not be taken in combination with other triptan medicines such as sumatriptan, eletriptan, zolmitriptan, or naratriptan.