Prescription onlyLower-cost generic availableClass: Neuro/psych

Ergomar 

(ergotamine)

Prescription onlyLower-cost generic availableClass: Neuro/psych
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Treats migraine headaches.

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Our bottom line

Ergomar (ergotamine) has more side effects than other medicines used to treat migraines.

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Upsides

  • Ergomar (ergotamine) works better than other medicines if your migraines last more than 2 days or if you have more frequent migraines.

Downsides

  • Harmful to the fetus so avoid if you're pregnant or think you may be pregnant.
  • Doesn't prevent migraines from happening. It can only relieve them.
  • Excessive use can be dangerous and result in rebound headaches. Talk to your doctor if your headaches are worse and occurring more frequently.
  • May not be right for you if you have high blood pressure or had a heart attack.
How it works

Ergomar (ergotamine) is an ergot alkaloid. It tightens the blood vessels in your brain to relieve the pain of your headaches.

What to expect when you take Ergomar (ergotamine) for Migraine headache

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Side effect rates for Ergomar (ergotamine)

Risks and Warnings for Ergomar (ergotamine)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Macrolide antibiotics
    • Protease inhibitors

    Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you're taking antibiotics or medicines for HIV called protease inhibitors. Taking these medicines together with Ergomar (ergotamine) can dangerously increase the amount of Ergomar (ergotamine) in your body. It can severely tighten blood vessels to your heart or brain

    This is a black box warning. The FDA requires this warning when there is a significant risk of serious or life-threatening effects that anyone taking the drug should consider.

Means that some groups have a high risk of experiencing this side effect

Common concerns from people taking Ergomar (ergotamine)

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