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Drug interactions between Afrin and caffeine / ergotamine

Results for the following 2 drugs:
Afrin (oxymetazoline nasal)
caffeine/ergotamine

Interactions between your drugs

Major

ergotamine oxymetazoline nasal

Applies to: caffeine / ergotamine and Afrin (oxymetazoline nasal)

Using ergotamine together with oxymetazoline nasal is generally not recommended. Ergotamine may cause significant increases in blood pressure by constricting the blood vessels, and the risk for complications may be increased when used with other drugs that also have this effect such as decongestants, stimulants, and certain medications for headache, glaucoma, or eye redness relief. Combining these medications may also reduce blood flow to vital organs and increase the risk of rare but serious side effects such as heart attack, stroke, intestinal problems, and gangrene (death of tissues, usually in the arm or leg, that may require surgical amputation). Talk to your doctor if you have any questions or concerns. Your doctor may be able to prescribe alternatives that do not interact, or you may need a dose adjustment or more frequent monitoring to safely use both medications. You should seek immediate medical attention if you experience severe abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, numbness or tingling, muscle pain or weakness, blue or purple discoloration of fingers or toes, pale or cold skin, chest pain or tightness, severe or throbbing headache, irregular heartbeat, shortness of breath, blurred vision, confusion, and/or slurred speech during treatment with these medications. It is important to tell your doctor about all other medications you use, including vitamins and herbs. Do not stop using any medications without first talking to your doctor.

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Drug and food interactions

Moderate

ergotamine food

Applies to: caffeine / ergotamine

Grapefruit juice may increase the blood levels and effects of certain medications such as ergotamine. You may want to limit your consumption of grapefruit and grapefruit juice during treatment with ergotamine. However, if you have been regularly consuming grapefruit or grapefruit juice with ergotamine, do not alter the amounts of these products in your diet without first talking to your doctor or other healthcare professional. Contact your doctor if your condition changes or you experience increased side effects. Orange juice is not expected to interact.

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Minor

caffeine food

Applies to: caffeine / ergotamine

Consumer information for this minor interaction is not currently available. Some minor drug interactions may not be clinically relevant in all patients. Minor drug interactions do not usually cause harm or require a change in therapy. However, your healthcare provider can determine if adjustments to your medications are needed.

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Therapeutic duplication warnings

No therapeutic duplications were found for your selected drugs.

Drug Interaction Classification

The classifications below are a guideline only. The relevance of a particular drug interaction to a specific patient is difficult to determine using this tool alone given the large number of variables that may apply.
Major Highly clinically significant. Avoid combinations; the risk of the interaction outweighs the benefit.
Moderate Moderately clinically significant. Usually avoid combinations; use it only under special circumstances.
Minor Minimally clinically significant. Minimize risk; assess risk and consider an alternative drug, take steps to circumvent the interaction risk and/or institute a monitoring plan.
Unknown No information available.

Do not stop taking any medications without consulting your healthcare provider.

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

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