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Dihydroergotamine
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Dihydroergotamine Overview

Written by FoundHealth.

(dye hye droe er GOT a meen)

U.S. Brand Names

D.H.E. 45®; Migranal®

Canadian Brand Names

Migranal®

Mexican Brand Names

Parsel; Tonopan

Pharmacologic Category

Antimigraine Agent; Ergot Derivative

What key warnings should I know about before taking this medicine?

• This medicine does not mix well with many medicines. Serious reactions may occur. Check all medicines with healthcare provider.

Reasons not to take this medicine

• If you have an allergy to dihydroergotamine or any other part of this medicine.

• Tell healthcare provider if you are allergic to any medicine. Make sure to tell about the allergy and how it affected you. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other symptoms involved.

• If you have any of the following conditions: Heart disease, kidney disease, liver disease, poor circulation, poor intestinal blood flow, recent heart attack, severe infection, or uncontrolled high blood pressure.

• If you have taken isocarboxazid, phenelzine, or tranylcypromine in the last 14 days. Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (eg, isocarboxazid, phenelzine, and tranylcypromine) must be stopped 14 days before this medicine is started. Taking the two together could cause dangerously high blood pressure.

• If you have taken almotriptan, frovatriptan, naratriptan, rizatriptan, sumatriptan, or zolmitriptan in the last 24 hours.

• If you have taken ergotamine or methysergide in the last 24 hours.

• If you are pregnant or may be pregnant.

• If you are breast-feeding.

How does it work?

• Ergotamine squeezes certain blood vessels in the brain preventing irritation and inflammation.

How is it best taken?

Injection:

• This medicine is given as a shot into a muscle, vein, or into the fatty part of the skin.

• Your healthcare provider may teach you how to give the shot.

• Wash hands before and after use.

• Throw away needles in needle/sharp disposal box and return box to healthcare provider when full.

• If you get another attack the same day, do not use unless at least 6 hours have passed since your last shot.

Inhalation:

• For inhaling through the nostrils. Prime pump by squeezing it 4 times. Inhale 1 spray in each nostril. Wait 15 minutes. Inhale another spray in each nostril.

What do I do if I miss a dose? (does not apply to patients in the hospital)

• This medicine is taken on an as needed basis.

What should I monitor?

• Change in condition being treated. Is it better, worse, or about the same?

• Follow up with healthcare provider.

How should I store this medicine?

• Store at room temperature. Do not freeze.

• Once the nasal spray is prepared, throw away any unused portion of the opened ampul after 8 hours.

• Protect injection from light.

General statements

• If you have a life-threatening allergy, wear allergy identification at all times.

• Do not share your medicine with others and do not take anyone else's medicine.

• Keep all medicine out of the reach of children and pets.

• Most medicines can be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.

• Keep a list of all your medicines (prescription, natural products, supplements, vitamins, over-the-counter) with you. Give this list to healthcare provider (doctor, nurse, nurse practitioner, pharmacist, physician assistant).

• Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or in Canada to Health Canada's Canada Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.

• Talk with healthcare provider before starting any new medicine, including over-the-counter, natural products, or vitamins.

Created: 2005-04-07 16:34:23.0

Modified: 2010-03-09 08:22:32.0

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