Amerge

Generic Name: Naratriptan

  • What is Amerge?

    Amerge is a kind of medicine called a triptan used to treat migraine headaches.

  • What is the most important information I should know about Amerge?

    Amerge is used only to treat migraine headaches; it is not used to prevent or reduce the number of attacks you have. Do not use Amerge to treat headaches that might be caused by other conditions.

    There is a risk of heart attack associated with Amerge. If you have heart problems, do not take Amerge.

    You may feel drowsy or dizzy because of your migraine or treatment with Amerge. Use caution for activities requiring alertness (such as driving or using machines) until you know how this drug affects you.

    Call your doctor right away if you experience: chest pain, tightness, or pressure that is severe and does not go away; sudden and/or severe abdominal pain; serotonin syndrome (symptoms may include confusion, hallucinations, fast heartbeat, feeling faint, fever, sweating, muscle spasms, difficulty walking, and/or diarrhea); allergic reactions (symptoms may include shortness of breath; wheezing; heart throbbing; swelling of eyelids, face, or lips; or a skin rash, skin lumps, or hives).

  • Who should not take Amerge?

    Do not take Amerge if you are allergic to any of its ingredients.

    Amerge should not be used in people who have heart problems such as coronary artery disease (CAD). Also, do not take this drug if you have symptoms or risk factors for CAD (for example, if you have diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, a family history of CAD, smoke, are overweight or obese, menopausal, or if you are a male >40 years old).

    You should not use this medication if you have uncontrolled high blood pressure, have had a stroke, kidney problems, liver problems, or circulation/blood flow problems.

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Amerge?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Amerge. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, are overweight, have diabetes, smoke, a strong history of heart disease, are postmenopausal, are a male >40 years old, have heart, kidney, or liver problems, had a stroke, are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.

    Adults: The usual dose is 1-2.5 milligrams (mg) taken for each migraine attack.

    If your headache returns because you have only had a partial response to Amerge, your doctor may recommend repeating the dose one time, 4 hours after the first dose. The maximum dose of Amerge is 5 mg a day.

    If you have kidney or liver disease, take Amerge as directed by your doctor.

  • How should I take Amerge?

    Amerge tablets should be taken whole with liquid.

  • What should I avoid while taking Amerge?

    Avoid becoming pregnant while being treated with Amerge.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Amerge?

    If Amerge is taken with certain other medications, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Amerge with other migraine medicines, including other triptans, medicines containing ergotamine, citalopram, dihydroergotamine, duloxetine, escitalopram, fluoxetine, fluvoxamine, methysergide, olanzapine/fluoxetine, paroxetine, sertraline, or venlafaxine.

  • What are the possible side effects of Amerge?

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

    Side effects may include: dizziness, drowsiness, fatigue, feeling warm or cold, flushing, heaviness, pressure, tightness, feeling sick, tingling

  • Can I receive Amerge if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of Amerge on pregnancy are unknown, and it may pass into breast milk. Talk to your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Amerge?

    Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular schedule. Do not take two doses at once. Amerge is usually taken on an as-needed basis.

  • How should I store Amerge?

    Store at room temperature, away from light and heat.

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