What is Axert?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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Generic name: Almotriptan

Axert® is a brand name for almotriptan, an antimigraine agent used for acute treatment of migraine with or without aura. It causes vasoconstriction and reduces sterile inflammation associated with antidromic neuronal transmission correlating with relief of migraine.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Migraine 28 15
Migraine headaches 17 6
Atypical migraine 3 2
Headaches 1 1
Nerve pain (neuralgia) 1 0
New daily persistent headache 1 1

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 0
Moderate 1
Mild 7
None 14

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Axert

Side effect Patients
Chest tightness 1
Fatigue 1
Heat intolerance 1
Increased anxiety 1
Nausea 1
Shakiness 1

Show all 7 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Axert

Dosage Patients
12.5mg as needed 1

Why patients stopped taking Axert

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 14
Change in health plan coverage 3
Doctor's advice 3
Expense 3
Other 2
Side effects too severe 1
See all 21 patients who've stopped taking Axert

Duration

Currently taking Axert

Duration Patients
5 - 10 years 1

Stopped taking Axert

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 3
1 - 6 months 11
6 months - 1 year 2
2 - 5 years 2
5 - 10 years 3
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 12
Usually 2
Sometimes 7
Never taken as prescribed 1
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 1
Somewhat hard to take 1
A little hard to take 1
Not at all hard to take 19
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 1
$100-199 2
$50-99 0
$25-49 0
< $25 5
Not specified 14

What people switch to and from

Patients stopped taking Axert and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Codeine-acetaminophen (paracetamol) (Tylenol with Codeine #3) 1
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3 patient evaluations for Axert

Jun 5, 2011 (Started Aug 01, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for migraine)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Advice & Tips: didnt work for me (no triptans did except relpax and it only worked rarely)
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Dec 1, 2008 (Started Sep 01, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for migraine headaches)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: Find and use a migraine preventative as this is an expensive medication and should be used only when necessary.
Cost: $100-199 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Jul 1, 2006 (Started Jan 01, 2004)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for migraine)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed

  • 0 helpful marks
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