|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 take Amerge 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 hours.
- You have had an allergic reaction to the drug or its
If you have the following conditions your
health care provider will evaluate you to decide if Amerge is
right for you:
- 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
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:
- 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 right away.
Other side effects may include:
- Feelings of tingling, heat, or flushing
- Chest heaviness, or pressure
- Feeling tired
Reports of patients? experience after
Amerge became available:
peripheral vascular ischemia which is a tightening of the
blood vessels in the limbs (often the legs). The classic
symptom is cramps.
colonic ischemia which is a tightening of the blood vessels
in the colon. Symptoms may include bloody diarrhea and
For more detailed information about Amerge, ask your health