What is Cafergot (Ergotamine/Caffeine) used for?
Cafergot (Ergotamine/Caffeine) is an oral vasoconstrictor prescribed to treat migraine headaches. It operates by narrowing the blood vessels around the brain to relieve pain and nausea caused by this condition. It should be noted that this medication is only meant to treat migraines that have begun and should not be used to prevent them from occurring. Your physician may also prescribe the medication to treat other conditions that are not listed here.
How should I use Cafergot (Ergotamine/Caffeine)?
Always use Cafergot (Ergotamine/Caffeine) according to your physician's instructions to get the most effective results from treatment. One tablet is normally taken at the first sign of a migraine, but your particular directions will depend on the severity of your symptoms and your current health condition. These should be swallowed with a large glass of water and can be taken on an empty stomach. Do not crush, split, or chew the tablets prior to use to avoid unintentionally destroying or altering the effects of their contents. Ask your physician any questions you have about the medication to ensure the correct usage.
What are the side effects of Cafergot (Ergotamine/Caffeine)?
The use of Cafergot (Ergotamine/Caffiene) may cause side effects in some patients such as:
More serious side effects that may require immediate medical assistance include an irregular heart rate, muscle weakness, sudden numbness on one side of the body, chest pain, dry cough, lower back pain, urinary retention, or severe hypertension. Immediately inform your physician as soon as you experience any of these symptoms or others that are intense or worrying to make sure the correct changes are made to your dosage to prevent further complications from occurring.
Do not begin using Cafergot (Ergotamine/Caffeine) if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, if the patient is a child under twelve, or if you have uncontrolled hypertension, basilar migraines, hemiplegic migraines, temporal arteritis, hyperthyroidism, peripheral vascular disease, coronary heart disease, a blood infection, if you are taking HIV medications, macrolide antibiotics, triptan medicine, or azole antifungal medications. These may cause unexpected problems during treatment requiring reduced dosages or other changes to your regimen to prevent potential health problems from occurring.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Cafergot (Ergotamine/Caffeine). Optimum and safe dosage can differ based on the patient and the condition being treated.
As this medication may be unsafe for certain patients, it is essential you always inform your physician if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or ongoing health conditions, and if you are taking any other form of medication, supplements, or herbal products.
Immediately seek emergency medical care if you have an allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.