What is Almogran?
Almograin contains the active ingredient almotriptan, an SSRA (selective serotonin receptor agonist). It belongs to the triptan family of medicines and is used to treat the symptoms of migraines.
Whilst SSRA sounds similar to SSRIs, the two types of medicines are used to treat different conditions and work in different ways.
SSRIs (a common family of medicines used to treat depression and anxiety) increase the amount of serotonin in the brain, whilst SSRAs reduce the inflammatory response that happens during a migraine attack by binding to serotonin receptors in the brain. This narrows the blood vessels and reduces pain.
The cause of migraines isn’t fully understood, but it’s thought that blood vessels in the brain expand, causing the throbbing pain associated with a migraine attack. With almotriptan working to narrow these blood vessels again, symptoms are relieved.
What are migraines?
A migraine is a moderate to severe headache that’s categorised by a throbbing pain on one side of the head. In extreme cases, the pain can be felt on both sides of the head and can even radiate into the neck. Migraines are thought to be caused by the dilation of blood vessels in the brain.
People of any age can suffer with migraines, and they can happen with or without aura. An aura can be classed as a “warning sign” that a severe headache is about to happen, and it can include visual disturbances such as seeing flashing lights.
You might also experience a “silent migraine”, where the warning signals appear but a headache never develops.
Symptoms of migraine include:
- Throbbing pain on one side of the head (sometimes both)
- Increased sensitivity to light and sound
- Visual problems/disturbances
- Pins and needles
If you think you might be suffering from migraines but haven’t yet been diagnosed, please make an appointment with your doctor to find the most suitable treatment for you.
Can I take almogran?
Almogran can be potentially dangerous to some people, especially those who’ve suffered from diseases that restrict the blood supply to the heart. If you’ve ever had, or currently have any of the following conditions, you’re strongly advised to avoid using almogran to treat migraines:
- Allergy to almotriptan
- Heart attack
- Chest pain associated with stress
- Heart problems without pain (arrhythmia etc)
- Chest pain whilst resting
- Severe hypertension (high blood pressure)
- Uncontrolled hypertension
- Peripheral vascular disease
- Severe liver disease
You should also avoid almogran/almotriptan if you’re currently taking any other medications to treat migraine attacks, especially if they also belong to the triptan family of medicines.
Some others need to be cautious when using alomogran, and in these cases, we advise that you speak to your own GP and be regularly monitored by a doctor if you’re prescribed the medication. These groups of people include those:
- Whose type of migraine is undiagnosed
- Who are allergic to antibacterial medications
- Whose headache symptoms are different to a normal migraine attack
- Who are at risk of heart disease
- Who suffer from mild liver disease
- With severe kidney disease
- Over 65
- Who are taking SSRIs (antidepressants)
You should also inform your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as you might be advised to avoid using almotriptan/almogran. There may be alternative treatments you could use but your GP will advise you on this.
Herbal remedy, St John’s Wort is also known to interact with almotriptan despite it being available from supermarkets and health food shops. Please inform your doctor or disclose in our patient questionnaire if you’re taking any herbal remedies as well as prescription medications.
What are the side effects of almogran?
Like most medications, almogran can cause side effects. Most people are able to cope with them, but if you find them unbearable, stop taking the medicine and make an appointment with a doctor to discuss alternative treatments. The most commonly experienced side effects are:
Because of the likelihood that you may become sleepy whilst taking almogran, you should wait and see how you feel before driving. If you feel drowsy, do not drive until you feel more alert.
Some other side effects have been reported, though they’re quite rare. These include:
- Pins and needles
- Chest pain
- Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
- Dry mouth
- Myalgia (muscular pain)
- Tight throat
How do I take almogran?
Almogran is used to treat the symptoms of migraines, not to prevent them. Because of this, you should take a dose of the medication as soon as possible after the onset of a migraine. However, studies show that it is still effective if taken later into the attack.
Almogran can be taken with or without food, and should be swallowed whole with liquid. Tablets generally come in 12.5mg doses, and you should take ONE tablet per migraine. If your symptoms subside but then your headache comes back, you can take another dose as long as it’s at least 2 hours after the first.
Do not take more than 2 pills in the space of 24 hours.
How long does almogran take to work?
It’s not clear exactly how long almogran takes to relieve symptoms, but it does work fairly quickly a headaches are normally reduced within 2 hours. If your headache doesn’t go away or worsens, please make an appointment with your doctor to check that there are no underlying conditions that could be causing your symptoms.
How is my order shipped to me?
When an order is ready for shipping, it is collected and delivered by either the Royal Mail or DPD depending on your preference (or possibly your location or the item you ordered). Each order is assigned a tracking number, which will be emailed to you at the time of dispatch. Your medicine will be sent in plain and discreet packaging that’s eco-friendly. We do not include any branding on our packaging nor any labels which inform readers what type of product is contained within.