Cafergot is prescribed for the relief or prevention of vascular headaches--for example, migraine, migraine variants, or cluster headaches.
If this condition is not treated, it can lead to gangrene (tissue death due to decreased blood supply).
The excessive use of Cafergot can lead to ergot poisoning resulting in symptoms such as headache, pain in the legs when walking, muscle pain, numbness, coldness, and abnormal paleness of the fingers and toes.
Cafergot side effects that you should report to your health care professional or doctor as soon as possible:
Side effects may include:
- Tingling or pins and needles;
- Slow heartbeat;
- Rapid heart rate;
- High blood pressure;
- Fluid retention;
Complications caused by constriction of the blood vessels can be serious. They include:
- Muscle pains;
- Cold arms and legs;
- Chest pain;
- Bluish tinge to the skin;
Cafergot is contraindicated if you have any of the following conditions:
- If you are pregnant;
- If you are sensitive to or have ever had an allergic reaction to ergotamine tartrate, caffeine, or similar drugs;
- If you experience excessive nausea and vomiting during attacks;
- If you have an infection;
- If you have circulatory problems;
- If you have coronary heart disease;
- If you have high blood pressure;
- If you have impaired liver or kidney function;
Do not take Cafergot with any of the following drugs:
- Nicotine (nicoderm, habitrol, others);
- Macrolide antibiotics such as pce, e.e.s., and biaxin;
- Drugs that constrict the blood vessels, such as epipen and the oral decongestant sudafed;
- Beta-blocker drugs (blood pressure medications such as inderal and tenormin);
The total weekly dosage should not exceed 10 tablets or 5 suppositories.
The maximum dose for an individual attack is 2 suppositories.
A preventive, short-term dose may be given at bedtime to certain people, but only as prescribed by a doctor.
The total dose for any single attack should not exceed 6 tablets.
Symptoms of Cafergot overdose include:
- Pain and bluish discoloration of the limbs;
- High or low blood pressure;
- Diminished or absent pulses;