Amerge

(naratriptan)

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Treats migraine headaches.

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Our bottom line

Amerge (naratriptan) isn't as good as other similar medications for migraines, but can be good if other drugs haven't worked for you.

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Quick facts about Amerge
  • Drug class: Neuro/psych
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (naratriptan)

Upsides

  • 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

  • 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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How it works

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.

Quick facts about Amerge
  • Drug class: Neuro/psych
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (naratriptan)

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What to expect when you take Amerge (naratriptan) for Migraine

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  • Heart attack and stroke
  • Medication overuse headache
  • Serotonin syndrome
  • Increased blood pressure
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Side effect rates for Amerge (naratriptan)

From 1125 clinical trials of Amerge when taken for migraine (1 mg)
  • Stomach problems
    6%6%
    5%5%
  • Nausea
    4%4%
    4%4%
  • Nervous system issues
    4%4%
    3%3%
  • Unusual sensation
    2%2%
    1%1%
  • Fatigue or uneasiness
    2%2%
    1%1%
  • Pain and pressure sensation
    2%2%
    2%2%
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Risks and Warnings for Amerge (naratriptan)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Heart disease
    • history of chest pain/angina
    • uncontrolled high blood pressure

    People who have heart disease or chest pain shouldn't take Amerge (naratriptan) since heart attacks have been seen in people who have had heart disease and migraines. This can feel like pain in the chest, jaw, neck or throat. Talk to your doctor first to see if you can take Amerge (naratriptan).

Pharmacist Q&A

Amerge (naratriptan) questions for

Frequently Asked Questions

This medication treats migraine attacks in adults.

Who is this drug for?

This medication treats migraine attacks in adults.

Common concerns from people taking Amerge (naratriptan)

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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.

Tip: Always talk with your doctor before you take any medication while pregnant.
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