Novartis | Cafergot (Medication)


Cafergot is used in the treatment of migraines. It contain two active ingredients, ergotamine and caffeine. Ergotamine is a type of medicine called an ergot alkaloid. It is used in the treatment of migraines. Ergotamine works by stimulating receptors called serotonin (or 5HT) receptors that are found in the brain. A natural substance called serotonin normally acts on these receptors, causing blood vessels in the brain to narrow. Caffeine is also included in this medicine to help enhance the effect of ergotamine. ...

Side Effect:

Abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting not due to migraine, dizziness. Medicines and their possible side effects can affect individual people in different ways.

Seek immediate medical attention if you experience any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction may include:rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing. ...


This medicine should only be used by people with a clear diagnosis of migraine from their doctor.

It is important that you don’t exceed the maximum recommended daily and weekly dose of these tablets and that you don’t take them on a regular basis to try to prevent migraines. Using too much of the medicine can result in dependence on the medicine and can actually cause headaches.

Using certain medications together with caffeine and ergotamine can cause even greater decreases in blood flow than caffeine and ergotamine used alone. A severe decrease in blood flow to the brain and other parts of the body can lead to dangerous side effects. Tell your doctor about all other medications you are using, especially antibiotics, antidepressants, heart or blood pressure medications, or medicines to treat HIV or AIDS.

Inform your doctor about all of your medical conditions, especially breathing problems, high blood pressure, liver or kidney disease, or risk factors for coronary artery disease (diabetes, high blood pressure or cholesterol, menopause or hysterectomy, smoking, taking birth control pills, being overweight, having a family history of coronary artery disease, or being a man older than 40).

During pregnancy and breastfeeding is not recommended to use this medicine without your doctor's advice. ...