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Why is this medication prescribed?
Atogepant is used to lessen the likelihood of getting migraines (severe, throbbing headaches that sometimes are accompanied by nausea and sensitivity to sound or light). A group of drugs known as calcitonin gene-related peptide receptor antagonists includes atogepant. It functions by obstructing the body’s natural chemical that triggers migraine headaches.
How should this medicine be used?
Atogepant is available as an oral tablet. Typically, it is taken once day, with or without food. At the same time every day, take atogepant. Ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any instructions on your prescription label that you are unsure about following. Follow the atogepant directions precisely. Never take it in larger or less amounts or more frequently than directed by your doctor.
Although it does not treat migraines, atogepant aids in their prevention. Atogepant should be taken even if you are feeling OK. Without consulting your doctor, do not discontinue taking atogepant.
For a copy of the manufacturer’s information for the patient, ask your pharmacist or doctor.
Other uses for this medicine
Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more details if you believe this drug should be used for something else.
What special precautions should I follow?
Before taking atogepant,
- If you have an allergy to atogepant, any other medications, or any of the ingredients in atogepant tablets, tell your doctor and pharmacist right away. Request a list of the components from your pharmacist.
- Inform your doctor and pharmacist about any additional prescription and over-the-counter drugs, vitamins, and dietary supplements you are currently taking or intend to take. Incorporate any of the following: Clarithromycin, cyclosporine (Gengraf, Neoral, Sandimmune), efavirenz (Sustiva, in Atripla, in Symfi), etravirine (Intelence), itraconazole, and carbamazepine are some examples of medications (Sporanox, Tolsura), rifampin, phenytoin (Dilantin, Phenytek), and ketoconazole (Rifadin, Rimactane). Your physician might need to adjust the dosage of your drugs or keep a close eye on you for side effects. Tell your doctor about all of the medications you are taking, even any not on this list, since many other drugs may also interact with atogepant.
- Please let your doctor know if you are taking any herbal supplements, especially St. John’s wort.
- If you have or have ever had liver or renal issues, let your doctor know.
- Inform your doctor if you are expecting, intend to get pregnant, or are nursing a baby. Call your doctor if you become pregnant while taking atogepant.
What special dietary instructions should I follow?
If you plan to consume grapefruits or grapefruit juice while taking this medication, consult your doctor.
What should I do if I forget a dose?
If you miss a dosage, take it as soon as you recall. If the next dose is soon due, skip the missed one and carry on with your regular dosing plan. To make up for a missing dose, do not take a second one.
What side effects can this medication cause?
Side effects are possible with atogepant. If any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away, let your doctor know right once:
- Diminished appetite
Atogepant may result in additional adverse effects. If you experience any strange issues while taking this medicine, contact your doctor right away.
You or your doctor can submit a report to the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting programme online or by phone if you have a serious side event (1-800-332-1088).
What should I know about storage and disposal of this medication?
As many containers (such as weekly pill minders and those for eye drops, creams, patches, and inhalers) are not child-resistant and are simple for young children to open, it is crucial to keep all medications out of sight and out of reach of children. Always lock safety caps and promptly stash medication up and away from young children where it is out of their sight and reach to prevent poisoning. http://www.upandaway.org
Unused prescriptions must be disposed of carefully to prevent pets, kids, and other people from ingesting them. You should not, however, dispose of this medication in the toilet. Instead, utilising a medicine take-back programme is the easiest approach to get rid of your medication. To find out about take-back programmes in your area, speak with your pharmacist or the garbage/recycling department in your city. If you do not have access to a take-back programme, see the FDA’s Safe Disposal of Medicines website at http://goo.gl/c4Rm4p for additional information.
In case of emergency/overdose
Call the poison control hotline at 1-800-222-1222 in the event of an overdose. Additionally, information can be found online at https://www.poisonhelp.org/help. Call 911 right once if the person has collapsed, experienced a seizure, is having difficulty breathing, or cannot be roused.
What other information should I know?
Keep all of your doctor’s appointments.
By noting the times that you experience headaches, you should keep a headache journal. Make sure your doctor knows about this information.
No one else should take your medication. Any queries you may have regarding medication refills should be directed to your pharmacist.
You should keep a written record of every medication you take, including any over-the-counter (OTC) items, prescription drugs, and dietary supplements like vitamins and minerals. This list should be brought with you whenever you see a doctor or are admitted to the hospital. You should always have this information with you in case of emergencies.