Compare Amerge vs. ergotamine
Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.
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.
Ergomar (ergotamine) has more side effects than other medicines used to treat migraines.
- 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.
- Ergomar (ergotamine) works better than other medicines if your migraines last more than 2 days or if you have more frequent migraines.
- 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.
- 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.
- Dissolving pill
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6possible side effects
- Stomach problems6%
- Nervous system issues4%
- Unusual sensation2%
- Fatigue or uneasiness2%
- Pain and pressure sensation2%
The Ergomar (ergotamine) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
Risks and risk factors
- Heart attack
- Heart disease
- history of chest pain/angina
- uncontrolled high blood pressure
- History of a stroke
- Medication overuse headache
- Using Amerge (naratriptan) for more than 10 days a month
- Serotonin syndrome
- Tricyclic antidepressants
- ADHD medicines
- Increased blood pressure
- Uncontrolled high blood pressure
- Blood vessel issues
- High blood pressure
- history of stroke
- History of clots in the legs or arms (DVT)
- Drug interactions
- Macrolide antibiotics
- Protease inhibitors
- Lowered blood flow
- Taking Ergomar (ergotamine) more than the recommended amount daily or weekly
- Dependency and withdrawal
- Taking Ergomar (ergotamine) regularly for months