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Migranal Side Effects Center
Medical Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP
Migranal (dihydroergotamine mesylate) Spray is used to treat active migraine headaches, with or without aura. It is only used to treat a migraine that has already started, and will not work to prevent a migraine if you have no symptoms. It is an ergot alkaloid medication. Common side effects include nasal congestion or irritation, altered sense of taste, sore throat, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, and fatigue.
The dose of Migranal is 1 spray in each nostril followed in 15 minutes by an additional spray in each nostril, for a total of 4 sprays. Migranal may interact with vasoconstrictors, sumatriptan, beta-blockers, nicotine, antidepressants, oral contraceptives, HIV medications, or antibiotics. Tell your doctor all medications and supplements you use. Do not use Migranal during pregnancy or while breastfeeding.
Our Migranal (dihydroergotamine mesylate) 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.
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Migranal in Detail - Patient Information: Side Effects
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 using dihydroergotamine and call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:
- fast or slow heart rate;
- chest pain or heavy feeling, pain spreading to the arm or shoulder, and nausea, sweating, or general ill feeling;
- sudden numbness or weakness, sudden headache, confusion, or problems with vision, speech, or balance;
- muscle pain in your arms or legs, leg weakness;
- numbness or tingling and a pale or blue-colored appearance in your fingers or toes;
- swelling or itching in any part of your body;
- stomach cramps, diarrhea that may be bloody;
- 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:
- pain, soreness, burning, tingling, or dryness in your nose or throat;
- runny or stuffy nose, nosebleeds;
- changes in your sense of taste;
- headache, dizziness, drowsiness;
- feeling anxious or depressed;
- cold sweats; or
- nausea, vomiting.
Read the entire detailed patient monograph for Migranal (Dihydroergotamine Mesylate Spray)
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Migranal FDA Prescribing Information: Side Effects
During clinical studies and the foreign postmarketing experience with Migranal® (dihydroergotamine mesylate, USP) Nasal Spray there have been no fatalities due to cardiac events.
Serious cardiac events, including some that have been fatal, have occurred following use of the parenteral form of dihydroergotamine mesylate (D.H.E. 45® Injection), but are extremely rare. Events reported have included coronary artery vasospasm, transient myocardial ischemia, myocardial infarction, ventricular tachycardia, and ventricular fibrillation. (See CONTRAINDICATIONS, WARNINGS, and PRECAUTIONS).
Fibrotic complications have been reported in association with long term use of injectable dihydroergotamine mesylate (see WARNINGS: Fibrotic Complications).
Incidence in Controlled Clinical Trials
Of the 1,796 patients and subjects treated with Migranal® (dihydroergotamine mesylate, USP) Nasal Spray doses 2 mg or less in U.S. and foreign clinical studies, 26 (1.4%) discontinued because of adverse events. The adverse events associated with discontinuation were, in decreasing order of frequency: rhinitis 13, dizziness 2, facial edema 2, and one each due to cold sweats, accidental trauma, depression, elective surgery, somnolence, allergy, vomiting, hypotension, and paraesthesia.
The most commonly reported adverse events associated with the use of Migranal® (dihydroergotamine mesylate, USP) Nasal Spray during placebo-controlled, double-blind studies for the treatment of migraine headache and not reported at an equal incidence by placebo-treated patients were rhinitis, altered sense of taste, application site reactions, dizziness, nausea, and vomiting. The events cited reflect experience gained under closely monitored conditions of clinical trials in a highly selected patient population. In actual clinical practice or in other clinical trials, these frequency estimates may not apply, as the conditions of use, reporting behavior, and the kinds of patients treated may differ.
Migranal® (dihydroergotamine mesylate, USP) Nasal Spray was generally well tolerated. In most instances these events were transient and self-limited and did not result in patient discontinuation from a study. The following table summarizes the incidence rates of adverse events reported by at least 1% of patients who received Migranal® (dihydroergotamine mesylate, USP) Nasal Spray for the treatment of migraine headaches during placebo-controlled, double-blind clinical studies and were more frequent than in those patients receiving placebo.
Table 3: Adverse events reported by at least 1% of the
Migranal® (dihydroergotamine mesylate, USP) Nasal Spray treated patients and
occurred more frequently than in the placebo-group in the migraine placebo-controlled
|Special Senses, Other|
|Altered Sense of Taste||8%||1%|
|Application Site Reaction||6%||2%|
|Central and Peripheral Nervous System|
|Body as a Whole, General|
|Hot Flashes||1%||< 1%|
|Autonomic Nervous System|
Other Adverse Events During Clinical Trials
In the paragraphs that follow, the frequencies of less commonly reported adverse clinical events are presented. Because the reports include events observed in open and uncontrolled studies, the role of Migranal® (dihydroergotamine mesylate, USP) Nasal Spray in their causation cannot be reliably determined. Furthermore, variability associated with adverse event reporting, the terminology used to describe adverse events, etc., limit the value of the quantitative frequency estimates provided. Event frequencies are calculated as the number of patients who used Migranal (dihydroergotamine mesylate spray) ® (dihydroergotamine mesylate, USP) Nasal Spray in placebo-controlled trials and reported an event divided by the total number of patients (n=1796) exposed to Migranal® (dihydroergotamine mesylate, USP) Nasal Spray. All reported events are included except those already listed in the previous table, those too general to be informative, and those not reasonably associated with the use of the drug. Events are further classified within body system categories and enumerated in order of decreasing frequency using the following definitions: frequent adverse events are defined as those occurring in at least 1/100 patients; infrequent adverse events are those occurring in 1/100 to 1/1,000 patients; and rare adverse events are those occurring in fewer than 1/1,000 patients.
Autonomic Nervous System: Infrequent: increased sweating.
Reproductive, Female: Rare: pelvic inflammation, vaginitis.
Application Site: Infrequent: local anesthesia.
Voluntary reports of adverse events temporally associated with dihydroergotamine products used in the management of migraine that have been received since the introduction of the injectable formulation are included in this section save for those already listed above. Because of their source (open and uncontrolled clinical use), whether or not events reported in association with the use of dihydroergotamine are causally related to it cannot be determined. There have been reports of pleural and retroperitoneal fibrosis in patients following prolonged daily use of injectable dihydroergotamine mesylate. Migranal® (dihydroergotamine mesylate, USP) Nasal Spray is not recommended for prolonged daily use. (See DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION)
Drug Abuse And Dependence
Currently available data have not demonstrated drug abuse or psychological dependence with dihydroergotamine. However, cases of drug abuse and psychological dependence in patients on other forms of ergot therapy have been reported. Thus, due to the chronicity of vascular headaches, it is imperative that patients be advised not to exceed recommended dosages.
Read the entire FDA prescribing information for Migranal (Dihydroergotamine Mesylate Spray)
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