Cafergot tablet (ergotamine and caffeine) is a combination medicine used to treat or prevent a migraine type headache. Ergotamine works by constricting blood vessel walls in the head, relieving dilation that causes the pain of migraine headaches. Caffeine helps the ergotamine to be absorbed into the bloodstream more effectively. The tablets are more effective if taken at the first sign of a migraine headache. It will not prevent migraine headaches or reduce the number of attacks.
We currently have the generic Ergotamine (also called Vasaograin) from India manufactured by Cadila. Ergotamine is available in tablet form, 1 mg of ergotamine and 100 mg of caffeine.
Stop using this medication and call your doctor immediately if you have:
• Chest discomfort, dry cough, or hack, feeling short of breath on exertion;
• High blood pressure (severe headache, blurred vision, buzzing in your ears, anxiety, confusion, chest
pain, shortness of breath, uneven heartbeats, seizure);
• Leg weakness, muscle pain in your arms or legs;
• Little or no urinating;
• Sudden numbness or weakness (especially on one side of the body), sudden severe headache, slurred
speech, problems with vision or balance;
• Weak pulses in your arms and legs, numbness and tingling or pain in your hands or feet, blue-colored
fingers or toes
Less serious side effects may include:
• Mild itching or swelling;
• Nausea, vomiting;
Do not take Cafergot if you are allergic to any ingredient in Cafergot or if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant or if you are breast-feeding. There may be an interaction between ergotamine – caffeine and other medications such as antifungal agents, beta-blockers, eletriptan, frovatriptan, nitrates, nicotine, rizatriptan, sumatriptan, zolmitriptan, etc.
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