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Ergomar

Last reviewed on RxList: 6/2/2017
Ergomar Side Effects Center

Last reviewed on RxList 1/22/2016

Ergomar (ergotamine tartrate) is an ergot alkaloid used to treat a migraine type headache. Ergomar will only treat a headache that has already begun. Ergomar will not prevent migraine headaches or reduce the number of attacks. Common side effects of Ergomar include nausea, vomiting, dizziness, spinning sensation, weakness, or itching.

Dosage of Ergomar should start at the first sign of an attack. At the first sign of an attack or to relieve symptoms after onset of an attack, one 2 mg tablet is placed under the tongue. Another tablet should be taken at half-hour intervals thereafter, if necessary, but dosage must not exceed three tablets in any 24-hour period. Ergomar may interact with birth control pills, zileuton, cold or allergy medications, nicotine, diet pills, stimulants, or medication to treat ADHD, antidepressants, antibiotics, nitroglycerin or other nitrate medicines, or heart or blood pressure medications. Tell your doctor all medications and supplements you use. Ergomar may harm a fetus. It must not be used during pregnancy. Men and women should use two forms of birth control (e.g., condoms, birth control pill) while taking this medication. If you become pregnant or think you may be pregnant, inform your doctor. Consult your doctor to discuss birth control. This drug may pass into breast milk and could have undesirable effects on a nursing infant. Breastfeeding is not recommended while using this drug.

Our Ergomar (ergotamine tartrate) Side Effects Drug Center provides a comprehensive view of available drug information on the potential side effects when taking this medication.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Ergomar Consumer Information

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Stop taking ergotamine and call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:

  • sudden numbness or weakness, especially on one side of the body;
  • sudden headache, confusion, problems with vision, speech, or balance;
  • fast or slow heart rate;
  • muscle pain in your arms or legs;
  • leg weakness;
  • numbness or tingling and a pale or blue-colored appearance in your fingers or toes;
  • severe pain in your stomach or lower back;
  • urinating less than usual or not at all;
  • swelling or itching in any part of your body;
  • cough with stabbing chest pain and trouble breathing; or
  • dangerously high blood pressure (severe headache, blurred vision, buzzing in your ears, anxiety, confusion, chest pain, shortness of breath, uneven heartbeats, seizure).

Less serious side effects may include:

  • dizziness, spinning sensation;
  • weakness;
  • nausea, vomiting; or
  • mild itching.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Read the entire detailed patient monograph for Ergomar (Ergotamine Tartrate Tablets)

Ergomar Professional Information

SIDE EFFECTS

Cardiovascular: Vasoconstrictive complications of a serious nature may occur at times. These include ischemia, cyanosis, absence of pulse, cold extremities, gangrene, precordial distress and pain, EKG changes and muscle pains. Although these effects occur most commonly with long-term therapy at relatively high doses, they have also been reported with short-term or normal doses. Other cardiovascular adverse effects include transient tachycardia or bradycardia and hypertension.

Gastrointestinal: Nausea and vomiting

Neurological: paresthesias, numbness, weakness, and vertigo.

Allergic: Localized edema and itching.

Fibrotic Complications: (See WARNINGS).

Drug Abuse and Dependence

There have been reports of drug abuse and psychological dependence in patients on ergotamine tartrate therapy. Due to the chronicity of vascular headaches, it is imperative that patients be advised not to exceed recommended dosages with long-term use to avoid ergotism. (See PRECAUTIONS)

Read the entire FDA prescribing information for Ergomar (Ergotamine Tartrate Tablets)

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