What is Ergotamine-caffeine?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Cafergot Migergot Suppositories

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Ergotamine tartrate is an antimigraine agent and caffeine is a stimulant. In combination they are used to treat or prevent vascular headaches, such as migraine, migraine variants, or so-called “histaminic cephalalgia”.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Cluster headaches 5 1
Migraine 5 3
Migraine headaches 5 3
Headaches 1 0

  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 0
Moderate 2
Mild 3
None 1

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Ergotamine-caffeine

Side effect Patients
Anxious mood 1
Drowsiness 1
Irritability 1
Restless legs syndrome 1

Why patients stopped taking Ergotamine-caffeine

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 5
Did not seem to work 2
Course of treatment ended 1
Expense 1
Other 1
Personal research 1
Side effects too severe 1
See all 11 patients who've stopped taking Ergotamine-caffeine

Duration

Stopped taking Ergotamine-caffeine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 1
6 months - 1 year 1
2 - 5 years 3
5 - 10 years 2
10 years or more 3
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 3
Usually 2
Sometimes 1
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 1
A little hard to take 3
Not at all hard to take 2
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 1
$50-99 0
$25-49 0
< $25 2
Not specified 3

What people switch to and from

Patients stopped taking Ergotamine-caffeine and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Dihydroergotamine (Migranal) 1
Eletriptan (Relpax) 1
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1 patient evaluation for Ergotamine-caffeine

Dec 26, 2016 (Started Jul 01, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for migraine headaches)
  • Side effects
    Mild (restless legs syndrome)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: As needed

Aug 4, 2016 (Started Jul 01, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for migraine headaches)
  • Side effects
    Mild (restless legs syndrome)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: There has been a national shortage of this medication, so I have had to get this compounded. It is a little bit of a hassle, but well worth it. 

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