Dears.I have a 20 years Migrane.In recent 2 months, every day I experince the ache... and I must to eat one Ergotamine C daily.Is it dangrous for me?
My husband has migraines a LOT and takes cafergot almost daily. DOC said may weakening of the vascular areas of the body, so not good. Sorry I can't be more specific, my husband is not here.
Does your doc know every day?
Have you tried any preventatives? I take Vivactil once a day and it keeps away the pain.
Hope this helps Cathleen
Just want to share the dosing info with you:
Usual Adult Dose for Migraine
Initial dose: 2 mg orally in fixed combination with caffeine given as quickly as possible after the first symptom of headache. Additional 1-2 mg doses can be given every 30 minutes until the headache has stopped or until a total dose of 6 mg has been reached. The total dose should not exceed 6 mg/day or 10 mg/week.
Initial dose: 2 mg under the tongue given as quickly as possible after the first symptom of headache. Additional 1-2 mg doses can be given every 30 minutes until the headache has stopped or until a total dose of 6 mg has been reached. The total dose should not exceed 6 mg/day or 10 mg/week.
Initial dose: 2 mg rectally in fixed combination with caffeine given as quickly as possible after the first symptom of headache. Additional 2 mg doses can be given 1 hour later if the first dose fails to stop headache. The total dose should not exceed 4 mg for one attack or 10 mg/week.
Please note the total dose should not exceed the 6 mgs per day or 10mg/week maximum.
Other precautions include: this drug should not be used if you have any decreased kidney or liver function.
Other info that may be helpful includes:
Advise patient that drug is to be taken as soon as symptoms of migraine appear, and that the dose may be repeated every 30 min if needed, but that no more than 3 tablets should be used in any 24-h period or 5 tablets used in any 1-wk period.
Caution patient not to exceed the dosing guidelines because of the risk of toxic effects developing.
Have you thought about talking to your doctor about a prophylactic medication for migraines. I recommend you investigate medication to help prevent the headaches rather than just treat them when they occur especially since you are having to take more and more of the ergotamine C.
Hope this helps some,
I have a friend who has used Cafergot probably as long as it's been into exhistance, I think they down have switched her to Immitrex, Immitrex from the friends that I have tell me that it stops a migraine with good success, Be sure to discuss this with the doctor but I wouldn't be concerned about the Cafergot unless it gets to where its no longer effective, then you need to share this with your physician. We are always happy to help in any way that we can my first name is Billy and my site name is
I used to take Cafergot for Migraines ( brand name for Ergotamaine) and my experiences were all bad. I started with the tablets, but they didn't work and there were side effects. My Dr. switched me to Cafergot suppositories. They worked great but the side effects were terrible. I got pains in my arms, legs and neck. My arms and legs felt very heavy, like I had lead weights on them. It got so bad that I could not walk more than 3 or 4 feet. This was caused by Vascular problems. Cafergot is a very potent drug. I was only taking it once or twice a week. If you are taking it every day, that could be very dangerous. If you have any kind of heart problem you should not take it at all. Same goes for Imitrex or Maxalt.
I told my Dr. that I could not take it anymore. He tried me on other pain meds that did not work. (Regular pain meds usually don't work on Migraines.) Then he put me on Fioricet for mild Migraines and Fioricet with Codeine for severe ones. It worked great and I had no side effects. You can't take it everyday because it is a narcotic and you could become addicted. There are some high blood pressure meds that do help prevent Migraines. They are; Propanolol, Atenolol and Nadolol. I take Nadolol daily and I don't get as many Migraines. I think you should talk to your Dr. as soon as possible. I hope this was of some help. Good luck!
- Ergotamine Information for Consumers
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