Ergotamine

Description

Ergotamine is used to reduce the symptoms of migraine headaches. It does not help in the prevention and reduction of frequent attacks of a migraine headache. This medicine should be used only for migraine headaches; it is not indicated for use for other types of headaches.

Side effects

Major & minor side effects for Ergotamine

  • Chest pain
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Dizziness
  • Pain or swelling in the legs
  • Muscle cramps
  • Itching
  • Burning or tingling sensation

Uses of Ergotamine

What is it prescribed for?

  • Migraine Headache
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Concerns

Commonly asked questions

  • Onset of action
    The amount of time required for this medicine to show its action is not clinically established.
  • Duration of effect
    The time until which this medicine remains active in the body is not clinically established.
  • Safe with alcohol?
    Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
  • Is it habit forming?
    This medicine may become habit-forming with prolonged use and if recommended doses are exceeded.
  • Usage in pregnancy?
    This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women due to the potential for fetal harm.
  • Usage while breast-feeding?
    This medicine is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women unless absolutely necessary. Discuss all the risks and benefits with your doctor before taking this medicine.

Allergy

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients with a known allergy to ergotamine or any other ingredients present along with it.

CYP3A4 inhibitors

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients taking CYP3A4 inhibitors such as ritonavir, erythromycin, ketoconazole, etc. due to the increased risk of severe and life-threatening adverse effects.
Warnings for special population

Pregnancy

This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women due to the potential for fetal harm.

Breast-feeding

This medicine is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women unless absolutely necessary. Discuss all the risks and benefits with your doctor before taking this medicine.
General warnings

Cardiovascular diseases

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients with a known history of coronary heart disease, peripheral vascular, or hypertension due to the increased risk of worsening of the patient's condition.

Impaired renal function

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients with a known history of renal diseases due to the increased risk of worsening of the patient's condition.

Impaired hepatic function

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients with a known history of liver diseases due to the increased risk of worsening of the patient's condition.

Sepsis

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients with active sepsis due to the increased risk of severe adverse effects.

Use in children

This medicine is not recommended for use in children and adolescents since the safety and efficacy of use are not clinically established.

Missed Dose

Since Ergotamine is usually taken as and when required, the likelihood of missing a dose is very low.

Overdose

Seek emergency medical treatment or contact the doctor in case of an overdose. Symptoms of an overdose may include numbness, tingling, pain, vomiting, drowsiness, convulsions, shock, etc.
All drugs interact differently for person to person. You should check all the possible interactions with your doctor before starting any medicine.
Interaction with Alcohol

Description

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.

Instructions

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
Interaction with Medicine

Erythromycin

Fluoxetine

Fluvoxamine

Sertraline

Nefazodone

Trazodone

Disease interactions

Disease

Information not available.
Food interactions
Information not available.
Lab interactions
Information not available.
Take Ergotamine exactly as instructed by the doctor. Do not take larger amounts than prescribed. Seek emergency medical treatment in case of any severe side effects.
Miscelleneous

Usage does not depend on food timings

To be taken as instructed by doctor

Does not cause sleepiness

How it works
Ergotamine constricts the blood vessels in the head. This reduces the blood flow in the head and decreases the symptoms of a migraine headache.
Legal Status

Approved

Approved

Approved

Approved

Classification

Category

Antimigraine agents

Schedule

Schedule H

Prescribing medicines in pregnancy database [Internet]. Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA). 2017 [cited 30 August 2017]. Available from:

https://www.tga.gov.au/prescribing-medicines-pregnancy-database

Ergotamine: DrugBank [Internet]. Drugbank.ca. 2017 [cited 30 August 2017]. Available from:

https://www.drugbank.ca/drugs/DB00696

[Internet]. 2017 [cited 18 September 2017]. Available from:

http://documents.tersera.com/ergomar/ErgomarPrescribingInformation.pdf

Ergotamine [Internet]: Pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov. 2017 [cited 18 September 2017]. Available from:

https://pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/compound/ergotamine

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Information on this page was last updated on 19 Sep 2017

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