Pronunciation: KAF een and er GOT a meen
Brand: Cafergot, Migergot
100 mg-1 mg, round, brown, imprinted with SZ 183
100 mg-1 mg, round, beige, imprinted with CAFERGOT
100 mg-1 mg, round, beige, imprinted with CL 400
Some medicines can cause a dangerous decrease in blood flow when used with caffeine and ergotamine. A severe decrease in blood flow to the brain and other parts of the body can lead to dangerous side effects.
You should not use this medicine if you have coronary heart disease, high blood pressure, circulation problems, liver or kidney disease, or sepsis.
Tell your doctor about all your current medicines and any you start or stop using. Many drugs can interact, and some drugs should not be used together.
Do not use if you are pregnant or could become pregnant.
Caffeine is a stimulant that causes narrowing of blood vessels (vasoconstriction). Ergotamine is an ergot alkaloid (ER-got AL-ka-loid) that works by narrowing blood vessels around the brain.
Caffeine and ergotamine is a combination medicine used to treat or prevent a migraine type headache.
This medication will only treat a headache that has already begun. It will not prevent migraine headaches or reduce the number of attacks.
Caffeine and ergotamine should not be used to treat common tension headaches or any headache that seems to be different from your usual migraine headaches.
Caffeine and ergotamine may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
You should not use this medicine if you are allergic to caffeine or ergotamine, or if you have:
Many drugs can cause a dangerous decrease in blood flow when used with caffeine and ergotamine. A severe decrease in blood flow to the brain and other parts of the body can lead to dangerous side effects. Some drugs should not be used together with caffeine and ergotamine. Your doctor may change your treatment plan if you also use:
Do not use caffeine and ergotamine if you are pregnant. It could harm the unborn baby or cause birth defects. Use effective birth control to prevent pregnancy while you are using this medicine and tell your doctor if you become pregnant.
You should not breastfeed while using this medicine.
Follow all directions on your prescription label. Never use more than your recommended dose. Overuse of migraine headache medicine can make headaches worse. Tell your doctor if the medicine seems to stop working as well in treating your migraine attacks. This medicine is not for daily use.
To use caffeine and ergotamine tablets:
If you still have migraine symptoms after taking a total of 6 tablets, call your doctor. Do not take more than a total of 6 tablets in any 24-hour period. Do not take more than a total of 10 tablets over a period of 7 days.
Do not take a rectal suppository by mouth. It is for use only in your rectum.
Wash your hands before and after inserting the suppository.
To use caffeine and ergotamine rectal suppositories:
If you still have migraine symptoms after using a total of 2 rectal suppositories, call your doctor. Do not use more than a total of 2 suppositories per headache. Do not use more than a total of 5 suppositories over a period of 7 days.
Do not share this medication with another person, even if they have the same symptoms you have.
Store tablets at room temperature away from moisture, heat, and light.
Store rectal suppositories in the refrigerator, do not freeze.
Seek emergency medical attention if you think you have used too much of this medicine. An overdose of caffeine and ergotamine can be fatal.
Overdose symptoms may include vomiting, blurred vision, pounding in your neck or ears, feeling drowsy or light-headed, seizure, or signs of decreased blood flow in your arms or legs (pain, numbness, tingling, weak pulses, or a blue appearance).
Do not use caffeine and ergotamine within 24 hours before or after using another migraine headache medicine, including:
Grapefruit and grapefruit juice may interact with caffeine and ergotamine and lead to unwanted side effects. Avoid the use of grapefruit products while taking caffeine and ergotamine.
Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Stop using caffeine and ergotamine and call your doctor at once if you have:
Serious side effects are more likely with overuse of caffeine and ergotamine. This medicine is not for daily use.
Common side effects may include:
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Tell your doctor about all your current medicines. Many drugs can affect caffeine and ergotamine, especially:
This list is not complete and many other drugs may affect caffeine and ergotamine. This includes prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Not all possible drug interactions are listed here.
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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