What is Cafergot tablets used for?Ergotamine and caffeine are used together to treat migraine headache. Ergotamine works by constricting blood vessel walls in the head, relieving dilation that causes the pain of migraine headaches. Caffeine helps the ergotamine to be absorbed into the bloodstream more effectively. The tablets are most effective if taken at the first sign of a migraine headache. They are not effective for other types of headache. Relief is often obtained within one-half hour of taking the medication. Extra medication may be required if relief is not obtained within one-half hour (see maximum doses).
You should take this medicine by mouth with or without food. Usually 2 tablets at the beginning or first sign of headache (migraine).
Immediately stop medicine and contact Doctor if any of the following side effects happens:
- sudden numbness or weakness, especially on one side of the body;
- sudden headache, confusion, problems with vision, speech, or balance;
- fast or slow heart rate;
- muscle pain in your arms or legs;
- leg weakness;
- numbness or tingling and a pale or blue-colored appearance in your fingers or toes;
- severe pain in your stomach or lower back;
- urinating less than usual or not at all;
- painful sores on your rectum after using the rectal suppositories;
- swelling or itching in any part of your body;
- cough with stabbing chest pain and trouble breathing; or
- dangerously high blood pressure (severe headache, blurred vision, buzzing in your ears, anxiety, confusion, chest pain, shortness of breath, uneven heartbeats,seizure).
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The only differences between generics and their brand-name counterparts is that generics are less expensive and may look slightly different (eg. different shape or color), as trademarks laws prevent a generic from looking exactly like the brand-name drug.
Generics are less expensive because generic manufacturers don't have to invest large sums of money to develop a drug. When the brand-name patent expires, generic companies can manufacture a copy of the brand-name and sell it at a substantial discount.