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Cafergot is a medicine used to treat or prevent migraine headaches. Cafergot contains two medicines that work in two different ways to help treat your headache: caffeine and ergotamine.
How does this medication work?
A migraine occurs when swollen blood vessels in the brain press on nearby nerves. Cafergot works by narrowing those blood vessels, helping to improve your migraine symptoms.
What are the beneficial effects of this medication and when should I begin to have results?
What: Cafergot may help relieve your migraine headache.
When: Everyone responds differently to treatment, so try to be patient and follow your healthcare provider's directions. It is important that you take Cafergot exactly as your healthcare provider has prescribed.
How do I know it is working?
You may feel a relief in your migraine headache after you take Cafergot . This is a good indicator that the medicine is working. Recording your headache frequency and medication use may be helpful to you and your healthcare provider in monitoring your progress.
The following is not a full list of side effects. Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your healthcare provider as soon as possible. Only your healthcare provider can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this medication.
Cafergot may cause serious and life-threatening blood vessel problems if taken with certain other medications (such as ritonavir, nelfinavir, indinavir, erythromycin, clarithromycin, and troleandomycin). Tell your healthcare provider right away if you develop symptoms such as muscle pains, numbness, coldness and paleness of your hands and feet. Also, talk to your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take before starting treatment with Cafergot.
Side effects may include: nausea, vomiting, numbness, weakness, swelling, itching.
Do not take Cafergot if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.
Do not take Cafergot if you are taking the following medications: clarithromycin, erythromycin, indinavir, itraconazole, ketoconazole, nelfinavir, ritonavir, or troleandomycin.
Do not take Cafergot if you have a history of heart problems, problems with your blood circulation, or narrowing of blood vessels to your legs, arms, or stomach.
Do not take Cafergot if you have high blood pressure, kidney or liver impairment.
Do not take Cafergot if you have sepsis (a bloodstream infection).
Tell your healthcare provider about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Cafergot. Also, talk to your healthcare provider about your complete medical history, especially if you have heart or liver problems; high blood pressure; a family history of heart disease or stroke; or if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your healthcare provider uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your healthcare provider may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your healthcare provider's approval.
Adults: The recommended dose is two tablets at the first sign of a migraine attack. Take an additional tablet every 30 minutes, as needed. Do not take more than 6 tablets per migraine attack or 10 tablets per week.
Take Cafergot exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider.
Do not change your dose or take Cafergot more often without first talking to your healthcare provider.
If Cafergot is used with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. Cafergot may interact with numerous medications. Therefore, it is very important that you tell your healthcare provider about any other medications you are taking.
Cafergot can harm your unborn baby if you take it during pregnancy. Do not take Cafergot if you are pregnant. Cafergot can be found in your breast milk if you take it while breastfeeding. Do not breastfeed while you are taking Cafergot. Tell your healthcare provider immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
Cafergot should be used only as needed for migraine attacks.
Store at room temperature.
In the event of a medical emergency call your doctor or 9-1-1 immediately. In the event of overdose, call your doctor or poison control for further instructions.
National Poison Control#: Call 1-800-222-1222
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