What is Amerge used for? Amerge is used for the short term
treatment of most migraine attacks in adults. Amerge is not used to prevent migraines, or
to decrease the number of migraine attacks. Amerge has not been shown to treat cluster
headaches.Who should not take Amerge? You
should not if you have any of following conditions:
- History of heart or circulatory disease, including heart attack, angina
(chest pain), or stroke.
- Uncontrolled high blood pressure.
- Severe kidney or liver disease.
- Hemiplegic or basilar migraine.
- You have taken other migraine medications in the same class as Amerge, or
medications containing ergotamine, dihydroergotamine, or methysergide within the past 24
- You have had an allergic reaction to the drug or its ingredients.
If you have the following conditions your health care provider will evaluate you
to decide if Amerge is right for you:
What are some possible side effects of Amerge? (This is NOT a
complete list of side effects reported with Amerge. Your health care provider can discuss
with you a more complete list of side effects.) Some signs of rare but
serious side effects include:
- Risk factors for heart disease including, high cholesterol, high blood pressure,
obesity, diabetes, smoking, strong family history of heart disease, or if you are
postmenopausal, or a male over 40
- Mild to moderate kidney or liver disease
Other side effects may include:
- Pain or tightness in the chest or throat. If severe, or does not go away,
call your health care provider right away. If this happens at all, discuss with your
health care provider before taking any more Amerge.
- Rarely, people have a serious allergic reaction to Amerge. This could
cause shortness of breath, wheeziness, heart throbbing, swelling of eyelids, face, or
lips, or a skin rash, lumps or hives. If this happens, tell your health care provider
- Feelings of tingling, heat, or flushing
- Chest heaviness, or pressure
- Feeling tired
For more detailed information about Amerge, ask your health care provider.
http://www.fda.gov/cder/foi/label/1998/20763lbl.pdf Link to
Amerge's approved label and patient information