Amerge (naratriptan) is a selective serotonin receptor agonist or triptan. Migraine headaches happen when blood vessels are too open and allow too much blood in the brain. Amerge (naratriptan) tightens the blood vessels which relieves the pain.
Cafergot (ergotamine / caffeine) is a combination of ergotamine and caffeine. It tightens the blood vessels in your brain to relieve the pain of your headaches.
› Amerge (naratriptan) is a good alternative to other triptans since it's less likely to cause side effects and if other triptans haven't worked for you.
› Available as a generic, which makes it cheaper than other medicines and is more likely to be covered by insurances.
› Amerge (naratriptan) comes in two different strengths.
› Cafergot (ergotamine / caffeine) works better than other medicines if your migraines usually last more than 2 days or if you have more frequent migraines.
Downsides and risks
› Amerge (naratriptan) is only available as a pill that must be swallowed, so it might not be good if you have trouble swallowing when you have a migraine.
› Unlike other migraine medications, you have to wait for 4 hours before you can take the second dose of Amerge (naratriptan).
› Amerge (naratriptan) is not as good as other medications for treating nausea that can happen with migraines.
› Cafergot (ergotamine / caffeine) can't stop migraines from happening. They can only treat them.
› Cafergot (ergotamine / caffeine) can only be used for migraines. It doesn't work for other types of headaches.
› Smoking or using products that contain nicotine can make Cafergot (ergotamine / caffeine) less effective.
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
› Amerge (naratriptan) can only treat a migraine that's already happening. Amerge (naratriptan) doesn't prevent migraines.
› Take Amerge (naratriptan) at the first sign of a migraine. You can take another dose if you don't feel better after 4 hours. Don't take more than two doses every 24 hours.
› Amerge (naratriptan) can make you feel dizzy or tired when you first start taking it. Don't drive or do anything that requires concentration until you know how your body reacts to it.
› If you finish the entire month's supply of Amerge (naratriptan) before it's time for your next refill, or if you have more than 4 migraines a month, talk to your doctor to see if you should try something else.
› Amerge (naratriptan) can cause nausea or tightness in the chest or throat. Talk to your doctor if it bothers you.
› Take Cafergot (ergotamine / caffeine) as soon as you feel the migraine coming on.
› You might be more sensitive to cold when you take Cafergot (ergotamine / caffeine) since it slows down the circulation of your blood in your skin, fingers and toes. Dress warmly.
› If you have to take more than 6 tablets or 2 suppositories a day or 10 tablets or 5 suppositories in a week of Cafergot (ergotamine / caffeine), talk to your doctor.