Compare Axert vs. Cafergot

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

Axert
(almotriptan)

Cafergot
(ergotamine / caffeine)

Coming soon.Treats migraine headaches. Cafergot (ergotamine / caffeine) can treat migraines, but you're more likely to have side effects.
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Side effects
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We haven’t found good data for Axert side effects.

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How it works
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Coming soon.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.
Type of medication
AxertCafergot
Prescription only
Available as
AxertCafergot
  • Pill
  • Pill
  • Suppository
Used for
AxertCafergot
  • Migraine Acute
Risk factors for serious side effects
AxertCafergot
    Coming soon.
    • Overdosing Cafergot (ergotamine / caffeine)
    • Taking triptans (Imitrex, Axert, Maxalt, Amerge, Frova) for migraines
    • Taking Cafergot (ergotamine / caffeine) regularly for months
    Detailed Cafergot (ergotamine / caffeine) risks & warnings »
    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 real people or animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. If you’re pregnant, the risks to your unborn baby outweigh the benefits.

    Upsides and benefits
    AxertCafergot
    Coming soon
    • 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
    AxertCafergot
    Coming soon
    • 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
    AxertCafergot
    Coming soon
    • 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.
    • Don't smoke tobacco if you're taking Cafergot (ergotamine / caffeine).
    • Keep the suppository of Cafergot (ergotamine / caffeine) in the fridge.
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