Amerge Alternatives

(naratriptan)

Alternatives

Compare Amerge (naratriptan) to alternatives

These medications are comparable to Amerge (naratriptan) or used for similar purposes.

Amerge
(naratriptan)

Maxalt
(Rizatriptan)

Relpax
(eletriptan)

Frova
(frovatriptan)

Axert
(Almotriptan)

Cafergot
(ergotamine / caffeine)

Imitrex
(Sumatriptan)

Zomig
(zolmitriptan)

Cafergot
(ergotamine / caffeine)

Onzetra
(sumatriptan)

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.Treats migraine headaches. Maxalt (Rizatriptan) is great for relieving short migraines, but doesn't work as well for long-lasting headaches.Treats migraine headaches. Relpax (eletriptan) is a first choice medicine to treat migraines, but it can be expensive.Treats migraine headaches. Triptans are the first-choice to treat migraines. Frova (frovatriptan) works just as well as other triptans for migraines, but doesn't work for other types of headaches like cluster headaches.Coming soon.Treats migraine headaches. Cafergot (ergotamine / caffeine) can treat migraines, but you're more likely to have side effects.Treats migraine headaches. Imitrex (Sumatriptan) is an excellent choice for acute migraine relief, but you might need another medication to prevent headaches.Treats migraines. Triptans are the first-choice to treat migraines. Zomig (zolmitriptan) works just as well as other triptans for migraines.Treats migraine headaches. Cafergot (ergotamine / caffeine) can treat migraines, but you're more likely to have side effects.Treats migraine headaches. Onzetra (sumatriptan) is the only medicine that's available in a breath-powered nose powder to treat migraines. However, it can be expensive compared to other medicines.
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Reviews for Maxalt
81%
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+38% better vs. Amerge
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+19% better vs. Amerge
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Reviews for Imitrex
74%
+26% better vs. Amerge
68%
+32% better vs. Amerge
19%
+19% better vs. Amerge
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Side effects
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  • Unusual sensation 1%
  • Fatigue or uneasiness 1%
  • Nervous system issues 1%
  • Stomach problems 1%
  • Tingling or prickling sensation 2%
  • Dizziness 1%
  • Drowsiness 2%
  • Pain & pressure in throat or neck 1%
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We haven’t found good data for Maxalt side effects.

FDA side effect reports for Maxalt »
  • Tingling or prickling sensation 1%
  • Headache 1%
  • Weakness 1%
  • Chest tightness or pain 1%
  • Abdominal issues 1%
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  • Indigestion 1%
  • Chest pain 1%
  • Dry mouth 2%
  • Hot or cold sensation 1%
  • Muscle pain 1%
  • Headache 1%
  • Tingling or prickling sensation 2%
  • Flushing 2%
  • Fatigue 3%
  • Dizziness 3%
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We haven’t found good data for Axert side effects.

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The Cafergot FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.

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  • Pain - location specified 1%
  • Malaise/fatigue 2%
  • Paresthesia (all types) 1%
  • Sensation warm/cold 1%
  • Atypical sensations 1%
  • Pain and other pressure sensations 2%
  • Chest - pain/tightness/pressure and/or heaviness 1%
  • Neck/throat/jaw - pain/ tightness/pressure 2%
  • Vertigo 2%
  • Other - pressure/tightness/ heaviness 1%
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  • Heaviness other than chest/neck 1%
  • Pressure, tightness or heaviness 2%
  • Indigestion 1%
  • Sweating 1%
  • Chest pain, tightness or pressure 2%
  • Dry mouth 1%
  • Warm or cold sensation 1%
  • Sleepiness 3%
  • Tingling or prickling sensation 5%
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The Cafergot FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.

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  • Stuffy nose 2%
  • Runny nose 3%
  • Discomfort in the nose 10%
  • Changes in taste 17%
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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.Maxalt (Rizatriptan) is a triptan medication that treats migraine headaches. It releases serotonin, which lowers the inflammation that causes headaches.Relpax (eletriptan) is a triptan. Migraine headaches happen when blood vessels are too open and allow too much blood to the brain. Relpax (eletriptan) tightens the blood vessels, which relieves the pain.Frova (frovatriptan) is a triptan. It prevents the opening of blood vessels in your brain, which causes migraines.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.Imitrex (Sumatriptan) is a triptan medication that treats migraine headaches. It releases serotonin, which lowers the inflammation that causes headaches.Zomig (zolmitriptan) is a triptan. It prevents the enlargement of blood vessels in your brain, which causes migraines.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.Onzetra (sumatriptan) is a selective serotonin receptor agonist called a triptan. It's believed that migraine headaches happen when blood vessels are too open and allow too much blood in the brain. Onzetra (sumatriptan) tightens the blood vessels, which relieves the pain.
Type of medication
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Available as
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  • Pill
  • Pill
  • Dissolving tablet
  • Pill
  • Pill
  • Pill
  • Pill
  • Suppository
  • Pill
  • Injection
  • Nasal spray
  • Pill
  • Dissolving tablet
  • Nasal spray
  • Pill
  • Suppository
  • Nasal powder
Used for
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  • Migraine Acute
Risk factors for serious side effects
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  • 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 »
  • History of heart problems
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • Being overweight or obese
Detailed Maxalt (Rizatriptan) risks & warnings »
  • Heart rhythm problems
  • History of chest pain
  • Uncontrolled high blood pressure
  • History of a stroke
  • Using Relpax (eletriptan) for more than 10 days a month
Detailed Relpax (eletriptan) risks & warnings »
  • Heart disease
  • history of chest pain/angina
  • uncontrolled high blood pressure
  • History of a stroke
  • Using Frova (frovatriptan) for more than 2 to 3 days a week or 10 days a month
Detailed Frova (frovatriptan) risks & warnings »
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    • 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 »
    • History of heart problems
    • High blood pressure
    • High cholesterol
    • Diabetes
    • Being overweight or obese
    Detailed Imitrex (Sumatriptan) risks & warnings »
    • Heart disease
    • history of chest pain/angina
    • uncontrolled high blood pressure
    • History of a stroke
    • Using Zomig (zolmitriptan) or other migraine treatment medications for 10 or more days a month
    Detailed Zomig (zolmitriptan) risks & warnings »
    • 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 »
    • Heart disease
    • History of chest pain
    • Uncontrolled high blood pressure
    • History of a stroke
    • Using Onzetra (sumatriptan) for more than 10 days a month
    Detailed Onzetra (sumatriptan) 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 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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    Sleep
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    • Frova (frovatriptan) can make you dizzy or sleepy. Don't drive or do anything that requires concentration until you know how your body reacts to it.
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    • Imitrex (Sumatriptan) can make you drowsy, so avoid activities that need you to be fully alert until you know how it affects you.
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    Upsides and benefits
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    • 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.
    • Triptans like Maxalt (Rizatriptan) are considered the first-choice treatment to relieve moderate to severe migraine-type headaches.
    • It can also be used to treat tension-type headaches.
    • Not all triptans work the same way for people, so you can try multiple ones to find the right medication for you.
    • You don't need to drink water with the orally disintegrating tablet for it to work, so this could be a good medication for people who can't keep water down when they have a migraine.
    • Relpax (eletriptan) works as well as other first choice medicines for migraines.
    • Relpax (eletriptan) comes in 2 different strengths.
    • Frova (frovatriptan) is available in generic.
    • Unlike other similar medicines, you can take up to 3 tablets of Frova (frovatriptan) every 24 hours.
    • Frova (frovatriptan) is first choice of medicines for treatment of migraine headaches.
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    • Cafergot (ergotamine / caffeine) works better than other medicines if your migraines usually last more than 2 days or if you have more frequent migraines.
    • Comes in several forms. Ask your doctor if you should use the pill, nasal spray, patch, or injection.
    • A combination of forms can be used if symptoms do not improve.
    • The nasal spray and injectable forms work very quickly.
    • It's generally safe to use if you are pregnant.
    • Comes in a generic form, so it can be pretty cheap.
    • Zomig (zolmitriptan) is is a first choice treatment to treat severe migraines.
    • There are different forms of Zomig (zolmitriptan) available, including a dissolving pill and a nasal spray if you have trouble swallowing during a migraine attack.
    • The regular and dissolving pill forms of Zomig (zolmitriptan) are available as generics.
    • Cafergot (ergotamine / caffeine) works better than other medicines if your migraines usually last more than 2 days or if you have more frequent migraines.
    • Compared to pills, Onzetra (sumatriptan) is better absorbed in the body and good if it's hard to take pills.
    • Onzetra (sumatriptan) is a first choice medicine to treat migraines.
    • There is a copay program available that can make Onzetra (sumatriptan) cheaper.
    Downsides and risks
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    • 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.
    • Maxalt (Rizatriptan) doesn’t prevent migraines or tension headaches, but only works once the headache starts.
    • It can cause rebound headaches if it’s used too often.
    • You need to wait at least 2 hours after your first dose to take a second dose.
    • May not be the best choice if you have long, drawn-out headaches. Ask your doctor about other triptans that can last longer than Maxalt (Rizatriptan).
    • Not a good choice if you have heart disease or if you’re pregnant or breast-feeding.
    • Relpax (eletriptan) is only available as a brand name.
    • Relpax (eletriptan) can cause dizziness and might make you more likely to fall.
    • If you have more than 3 migraines a month, Relpax (eletriptan) isn't a good choice because of its side effects.
    • Available as an oral tablet only, which may be difficult to swallow during bad migraine attack.
    • Doesn't prevent migraines.
    • Doesn't work for other types of headaches like cluster headaches.
    • Not recommended for children under 18 years old.
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    • 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.
    • The oral and nasal versions of Imitrex (Sumatriptan) have an unpleasant after-taste.
    • Does not prevent migraine headaches; it only treats them once they start.
    • Must wait 1 hour before using second injection.
    • Can cause rebound (more) headaches if Imitrex (Sumatriptan) is used too often.
    • Need to have your blood pressure checked often, especially if you're pregnant.
    • If you're taking the nasal spray form of Zomig (zolmitriptan), you have to follow the instructions exactly or you won't get the full dose of medicine.
    • The nasal spray form of Zomig (zolmitriptan) is only available as brand name, so it can be expensive.
    • If you have heart disease or history of stroke, Zomig (zolmitriptan) may not be the best choice for you. Talk to your doctor about your medical history.
    • 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.
    • It can be very expensive. There are other forms of this same medicine that are much cheaper, including a nose spray.
    • You have to use two nosepieces to get the full dose of Onzetra (sumatriptan), which can be hard to remember.
    • Onzetra (sumatriptan) is only available in one strength.
    Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
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    • 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 Maxalt (Rizatriptan) as soon as you feel you’re getting a headache or experience warning signs like being sensitive to light or sound.
    • If you're taking other medicines to control your headaches (like propranolol), the dose of Maxalt (Rizatriptan) will be different.
    • Let your doctor know if your headaches don’t go away after taking [name-common] or if you have more than 4 migraines per month.
    • It’s available in two different dosage forms, a tablet you take by mouth and an orally disintegrating tablet (Maxalt-MLT) you place on your tongue to let it dissolve.
    • Lie down in a dark room after taking Maxalt (Rizatriptan) to help ease pain. Ask your doctor about other medicines that can help prevent your headaches.
    • Relpax (eletriptan) can only treat a migraine that's already happening. Relpax (eletriptan) doesn't prevent migraines from starting.
    • Take Relpax (eletriptan) at the first sign of a migraine. You can take another dose if you don't feel better after 2 hours. Don't take more than 80 mg every 24 hours.
    • Relpax (eletriptan) 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 find you're using the entire month's supply of Relpax (eletriptan) before your next refill, talk to your doctor to see if you should try something else.
    • Relpax (eletriptan) can cause nausea or tightness in the chest or throat. Talk to your doctor if it bothers you.
    • Doesn't prevent migraines.
    • Use as soon as you feel a migraine starting. You can take another dose 2 hours later, but don't take more than 3 tablets in 24 hours.
    • Don't use it excessively since it can cause you to have more headaches. Talk to your doctor if you are having more than 4 migraines in a month.
    • Frova (frovatriptan) can make you dizzy or sleepy. Don't drive or do anything that requires concentration until you know how your body reacts to it.
    • Frova (frovatriptan) can cause nausea or tightness in the chest or throat. Talk to your doctor if it bothers you.
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    • 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.
    • Take it as soon as your headache starts.
    • If you use the nasal spray, be sure to blow your nose before using it.
    • If you use the patch, put it on a dry area free of scars, tattoos, or other cuts and scrapes. Be sure to press the button to activate it.
    • If you use the injection, you can use a second injection if you still have a headache after an hour. If you have symptoms 2 hours after the injection, switch to the pill version.
    • Imitrex (Sumatriptan) can make you drowsy, so avoid activities that need you to be fully alert until you know how it affects you.
    • Lie down in a dark room after taking Imitrex (Sumatriptan) to help ease the pain.
    • Doesn't prevent migraines.
    • Use as soon as you feel a migraine starting. You can take another dose 2 hours later, but don't take more than 10 mg total in 24 hours.
    • Don't use it excessively since it can cause you to have more headaches. Talk to your doctor if you are having more than 4 migraines in a month.
    • 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.
    • Follow the instructions exactly as shown by the package insert and your doctor or pharmacist; otherwise, Onzetra (sumatriptan) won't work correctly and you won't get any medicine.
    • Onzetra (sumatriptan) can only treat a migraine that's already happening. You can't use it to stop migraines from starting.
    • You have to use 2 nosepieces of Onzetra (sumatriptan) to get the full dose of medicine.
    • Don't use more than 2 full doses (4 nosepieces) in a 24-hour period.
    • If you're using more than 8 doses of Onzetra (sumatriptan) a month, talk to your doctor to see if you should try another medicine.
    • You can only use each nosepiece of Onzetra (sumatriptan) once. Throw it away in the trash after you've checked that you used the medicine correctly.
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