Where is Amerge used?
Amerge is used for the treatment of migraines. This helps to relieve pain, headaches, and other symptoms of migraines like:
- Sensitivity to light or sound
Prompt treatment will allow you to get back to your normal routine. It may also decrease your need for other pain medications.
Amerge belongs to a class of medications called selective serotonin receptor agonists. This is a headache medicine that narrows blood vessels around the brain. Headaches are thought to be caused by a widening of the blood vessels in the head. This treatment is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
How does Amerge work?
Amerge works by:
- tightening blood vessels around the brain
- preventing pain signals from being sent to the brain
- stopping the release of certain natural substances that cause nausea, pain, and other symptoms of migraine
This medication does not prevent migraine attacks or lessen the number of headaches you have.
How is Amerge taken?
Your doctor may start to give your first dose of this medicine in a low dose. You should follow all directions on your prescription label. Do not use more than your recommended dose. Overuse of this medicine can make your condition worse. Let your doctor know if the medicine seems to stop working as well in treating your migraine attacks.
Take this medicine as soon as you notice migraine symptoms. Take one tablet as a whole with a full glass of water. After taking a dose, if it goes away and comes back, or if your headache does not go away completely, call your doctor before taking a second dose. Do not take the second dose until at least 4 hours have passed since you took the dose. It is not recommended to take more than 5 mg of this drug within 24 hours.
If your symptoms have not improved after taking two tablets in 24 hours, call your doctor before taking any more tablets. Inform your doctor if you have more than four headaches in one month.
What are the possible side effects of Amerge?
- Feeling tired or weak
- Abdominal or stomach pain
- Dry mouth
What are the precautions in taking Amerge?
- Before using this treatment, inform your doctor if you are allergic to it.
- Taking this medication for 10 or more days per month may lead to worsening of headache. You may keep a headache diary to record the headache frequency and drug use.
- Consult first your doctor if you are a pregnant or breastfeeding woman.
- If you have heart disease, this drug may cause complications. For this reason, your doctor may want you to take your first dose in their clinic.
- Do not share this with others who have the same symptoms as yours.
- If you have chest discomfort or neck tightness after taking this medication, check with your doctor right away. Tell also your doctor if you have sudden or severe bloody diarrhea or stomach pain after using this medicine.
- Keep this away from the heat and the reach of children.