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Arzneimittelforschung. 2001 Sep;51(9):726-32.

Safety profile of almotriptan, a new antimigraine agent. Effects on central nervous system, renal function and respiratory dynamics.

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Department of Pharmacological Development, Almirall Prodesfarma, Research Center, Cardener 68-74, 08024-Barcelona, Spain.


Almotriptan (3-[2-(dimethylamino) ethyl]-5-(pyrrolidin-1-ylsulfonylmethyl)-1H-indole, CAS 154323-57-6) is a new 5-HT1B/1D agonist whose clinical efficacy has been demonstrated in Phase III clinical trials. This study aimed to evaluate the safety of almotriptan with respect to the central nervous system, renal function and respiratory dynamics using preclinical animal models. The results indicate that almotriptan does not cross the blood-brain barrier, since no effects on/interaction with spontaneous locomotor activity, hexobarbital-induced sleeping time, caffeine-induced increase of spontaneous locomotor activity, or hypothermia (caused by stimulation of central 5-HT1D receptors) was observed following treatment. Almotriptan had a mild antiemetic effect and a slight, transient diuretic effect in dogs, although the latter effect is probably of no clinical relevance. In addition, no effect on the respiratory system of conscious guinea pigs was observed following almotriptan treatment. These results indicate that almotriptan has a favourable safety profile with respect to the central nervous, renal and respiratory systems.

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