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Keywords:

  • almotriptan;
  • sumatriptan;
  • migraine;
  • pain freedom

Objectives.—Evaluate the efficacy of a single oral dose of almotriptan in achieving pain-free status during treatment of acute migraine attacks.

Methods.—This pooled analysis (N=1321) used data from two randomized, placebo-controlled, phase III trials (studies A and B) to determine the proportion of patients with migraine achieving pain-free status 2 hours after a single oral dose of study medication (almotriptan or placebo). Pain was assessed using a 4-point integer scale (0=no headache, 3=severe headache), and recorded in a patient self-assessment booklet.

Results.—The proportion of patients pain-free at 2 hours after study medication was significantly greater with almotriptan 6.25 mg (both studies P≤.002) and almotriptan 12.5 mg (both studies P≤.001) than with placebo. In study A, 11.6% of patients taking almotriptan 12.5 mg versus 2.5% of patients receiving placebo were pain-free at 1 hour (P=.016). At 1.5 hours, 26.8% of patients taking almotriptan 12.5 mg versus 8.8% receiving placebo (P=.001) were pain-free, and at 2 hours, 38.4% on almotriptan versus 11.3% on placebo were pain-free (P<.001). In study B, 23.8% of patients taking almotriptan 12.5 mg were free from pain at 1.5 hours versus 10.2% receiving placebo (P<.001). At 2 hours, 39.2% taking almotriptan 12.5 mg versus 15.3% receiving placebo were pain-free (P<.001). Increases in pain-free status with almotriptan generally occurred in a dose-dependent manner.

Conclusion.—Compared with placebo, almotriptan 12.5 mg significantly increases the proportion of patients who are pain-free by as early as 1 hour, and consistently by 1.5 hours, after a single dose.