Amerge Precautions and Warnings
Amerge Precautions and Warnings Introduction
Amerge can interact with other medicines. It’s important to know all of the medicines, dietary supplements, and over-the-counter medicines that are being taken with Amerge. Use the migraine journal to keep a list of all of your current medicines to share with your doctor at your appointments. Only your doctor can prescribe prescription medicines for you. Do not stop taking any prescribed medicine without your doctor’s approval.
You should not take Amerge if you have:
- Heart disease
- Uncontrolled high blood pressure
- Hemiplegic migraine (migraine with stroke-like symptoms of extreme muscle weakness and paralysis)
- Basilar migraine (migraine with throbbing pain at the back of the head
You should not take Amerge if you have a history, symptoms, or signs of poor blood flow (circulation) to:
- Your heart (including chest pain, blood vessel spasm, and heart attack)
- Your brain, including stroke and transient ischemic attacks (TIAs or mini strokes)
- Anywhere else in your body (including ischemic bowel disease — lack of blood flow in your intestines)
Amerge is not recommended for you if you:
- Have taken another migraine medicine containing triptan (found in some similar migraine medications), ergotamine (found in some migraine and cluster headache medicines) or an ergot-type medicine like Migranal (dihydroergotamine injection), D.H.E. 45 (dihydroergotamine nasal spray) or methysergide Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure if any of your current medicines fall into this category.
- Have severe liver problems
- Have severe kidney problems
- Have had an allergic reaction to Amerge or any of its components in the past
Amerge Use in Children
Amerge is not recommended for patients under 18 years of age.
In a single study of the use of Amerge by patients 12 to 17 years old, side effects were similar to those experienced by adult patients. However, this study did not establish the safety or effectiveness of Amerge when used by patients under the age of 18. Therefore, Amerge tablets are not recommended for use in patients under 18 years of age.
Amerge Use in Elderly Patients
Amerge is not recommended for elderly patients.
Studies have not been done on patients over the age of 65 using Amerge. Also, older adults are more likely to have other medical conditions that may increase the risk of adverse effects of Amerge, including:
- Decreased liver function
- Decreased kidney function
- Higher risk for heart disease
- Higher blood pressure
Amerge and Drug Abuse and Dependence
In 1 very small clinical study of previous users of addictive drugs, Amerge tablets did not appear to be associated with abuse.
Amerge and Alcohol
There is some information that consuming alcohol with a single dose of Amerge will not affect how the body absorbs, metabolizes and eliminates Amerge. Even so, it is not recommended that you drink alcohol while taking Amerge.
Remember: Mixing alcohol and medicines puts you at risk for dangerous reactions. Protect yourself by avoiding alcohol if you are taking a medication and don’t know its effect. To learn more about a medicine and whether it will interact with alcohol, talk to your pharmacist or doctor.
Written & reviewed by: Lisa Erwin R.Ph. CGP | Last review date: Dec 2010. Click the References Link below for a complete list of references.