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Ergotamine is used in acute attack of migraine and raynaud's disease (some areas of the body feel numb and cool in certain circumstances)

How it works

Migraine headaches are thought to result from the dilatation of blood vessels in the head. The Ergotamine works by constricting (narrowing) these blood vessels, thus relieving the migraine headache.

Common side effects

Nausea, Vomiting, Muscle pain

Available Medicine

Expert advice

Do not take ergotamine and consult your doctor:
  • If you are allergic to it or to any other content in the medicine.
  • If you have uncontrolled high blood pressure or suffer from heart, kidney or liver problems.
  • If you are pregnant or breast-feeding a baby.
  • If you are a smoker.
Ergotamine can cause drowsiness and anxiety (trembling, sweating) therefore, caution has to be taken before operating an automobile or machinery or engaging in activities requiring mental alertness and coordination.

Frequently asked questions


Q. Is ergotamine available or sold over the counter?
No. it is a prescription drug. It is not available or sold over the counter

Q. Is ergotamine a controlled substance/narcotic/addictive?
No it is not a controlled substance/addictive/narcotic. However, it is available only on prescription of a doctor

Q. Is ergotamine safe?
Ergotamine has numerous side-effects, some of which can be serious.

Q. Do Topamax (topiramate)/Imitrex (sumatriptan succinate)/ Maxalt (rizatritan benzoate)/Tremimet (sumatriptan and naproxen)/Zomig (zolmitriptan)/ sumariptan/amitriptyline contains ergotamine?
No, these drugs do not contain ergotamine

Q. Where does ergotamine come from?
Ergotamine is obtained from a fungus Claviceps purpurea and similar fungi.

Content on this page was last updated on 16 January, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)