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Drug interactions between caffeine / ergotamine and Maxalt

Results for the following 2 drugs:
caffeine/ergotamine
Maxalt (rizatriptan)

Interactions between your drugs

Major

ergotamine ↔ rizatriptan

Applies to:caffeine/ergotamine and Maxalt (rizatriptan)

Using rizatriptan together with ergotamine is not recommended. Combining these medications may have additive effects and cause excessive narrowing of blood vessels in the body. This can reduce blood flow to vital organs and increase the risk of rare but serious side effects such as high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, and gangrene (death of tissues, usually in the arm or leg, that may require surgical amputation). 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, irregular heartbeat, severe headache, shortness of breath, blurred vision, confusion, and/or slurred speech during treatment with these medications. Do not take larger doses or use the drug more frequently than prescribed. 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

Therapeutic duplication is the use of more than one medicine from the same drug category or therapeutic class to treat the same condition. This can be intentional in cases where drugs with similar actions are used together for demonstrated therapeutic benefit. It can also be unintentional in cases where a patient has been treated by more than one doctor, or had prescriptions filled at more than one pharmacy, and can have potentially adverse consequences.

Duplication

Ergot-like drugs

Therapeutic duplication

The recommended maximum number of medicines in the 'ergot-like drugs' category to be taken concurrently is usually one. Your list includes two medicines belonging to the 'ergot-like drugs' category:

  • ergotamine (active ingredient in caffeine/ergotamine)
  • rizatriptan (active ingredient in Maxalt (rizatriptan))

Note: The benefits of taking this combination of medicines may outweigh any risks associated with therapeutic duplication. This information does not take the place of talking to your doctor. Always check with your healthcare provider to determine if any adjustments to your medications are needed.

Duplication

Sympatholytics

Therapeutic duplication

The recommended maximum number of medicines in the 'sympatholytics' category to be taken concurrently is usually one. Your list includes two medicines belonging to the 'sympatholytics' category:

  • ergotamine (active ingredient in caffeine/ergotamine)
  • rizatriptan (active ingredient in Maxalt (rizatriptan))

Note: The benefits of taking this combination of medicines may outweigh any risks associated with therapeutic duplication. This information does not take the place of talking to your doctor. Always check with your healthcare provider to determine if any adjustments to your medications are needed.

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.

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