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Info about Wigraine
Brand Name(s): Cafatine PB, Cafergot, Ercaf, Ergo-Caff, Migergot, Wigraine
Generic Name Ergotamine Tartrate and Caffeine
What are caffeine; ergotamine tablets?
CAFFEINE; ERGOTAMINE (Cafergot®) is one of a group of medicines known as ergot alkaloids. Caffeine; ergotamine preparations help to prevent certain kinds of throbbing headaches such as migraine and cluster headaches. This medication should be used as soon as you know a headache is starting. Generic caffeine; ergotamine tablets are available.
What should my health care professional know before I take caffeine; ergotamine?
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
How should I take this medicine?
Take caffeine; ergotamine tablets by mouth. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Swallow the tablets with a drink of water. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Do not stop taking except on your prescriber's advice.
Contact your pediatrician or health care professional regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
What if I miss a dose?
This does not apply since you only take caffeine; ergotamine tablets when you have a headache. Do not take double or extra doses.
What drug(s) may interact with caffeine; ergotamine?
Do not use any of the following migraine drugs within 24 hours of this medicine: almotriptan, eletriptan, frovatriptan, naratriptan, rizatriptan, sumatriptan, or zolmitriptan. Also, do not use this drug with ergotamine (example: Ergomar®); dihydroergotamine (DHE® or Migranal®); methysergide (Sansert®); ergonovine; or methylergonovine (Methergine®).
Caffeine; ergotamine may also interact with:
Tell your prescriber or health care professional about all other medicines you are taking, including nonprescription medicines, nutritional supplements, or herbal products. Also tell your prescriber or health care professional if you are a frequent user of drinks with caffeine or alcohol, if you smoke, or if you use illegal drugs. These may affect the way your medicine works. Check with your health care professional before stopping or starting any of your medicines.
What side effects may I notice from taking caffeine; ergotamine?
Side effects that you should report to your prescriber or health care professional as soon as possible:
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your prescriber or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
What should I watch for while taking caffeine; ergotamine?
Check with your prescriber or health care professional if you do not get relief from your headaches after using this medication. You may need to be changed to a different kind of medicine to treat your migraines.
It is important to tell your prescriber or health care professional as soon as possible if you get any of the following side effects: cold, numb, or painful hands or feet; leg cramps when walking; any type of pain around your chest; swelling; itching.
Caffeine; ergotamine tablets decrease the circulation of blood to your skin, fingers, and toes. You may get more sensitive to the cold. Elderly patients are more likely to feel this effect. Dress warmly and avoid long exposure to the cold.
Because this medicine contains caffeine, you may wish to limit your intake of caffeinated beverages on the days that you use this medicine.
Alcohol can make headaches worse or bring on a new headache. Therefore, you should avoid alcoholic drinks. Because smoking can increase side effects of caffeine; ergotamine combinations, you should avoid smoking.
If you are going to have any type of surgery, tell your prescriber or health care professional that you are taking caffeine; ergotamine.
Where can I keep my medicine?
Keep out of the reach of children in a container that small children cannot open.
Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 °C (59 and 86 °F). Protect from light and moisture. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date. Keep container tightly closed.
(Note: The above information is not intended to replace the advice of your physician, pharmacist, or other healthcare professional. It is not meant to indicate that the use of the product is safe, appropriate, or effective for you.)