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Amerge
(naratriptan)

Fiorinal
(butalbital / aspirin / caffeine)

Treats migraine headaches. Amerge (naratriptan) isn't as good as other similar medications for migraines, but can be good if other drugs haven't worked for you.Coming soon.
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Side effects
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  • Stomach problems 1%
  • Nervous system issues 1%
  • Unusual sensation 1%
  • Fatigue or uneasiness 1%
  • Tingling or prickling sensation 2%
  • Dizziness 1%
  • Drowsiness 2%
  • Pain & pressure in throat or neck 1%
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How it works
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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.Coming soon.
Type of medication
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Prescription only
Available as
AmergeFiorinal
  • Pill
  • Pill
Used for
AmergeFiorinal
  • Tension Type Headache
Risk factors for serious side effects
AmergeFiorinal
  • Heart disease
  • history of chest pain/angina
  • uncontrolled high blood pressure
  • History of a stroke
  • Using Amerge (naratriptan) for more than 10 days a month
Detailed Amerge (naratriptan) risks & warnings »
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    Pregnancy

    Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

    Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

    Upsides and benefits
    AmergeFiorinal
    • 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.
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    Downsides and risks
    AmergeFiorinal
    • 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.
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    Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
    AmergeFiorinal
    • 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.
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