Amerge Side Effects, Overdose and Pregnancy Information
Amerge is given to treat migraine headaches in adults. Amerge relieves the intensity of the pain and other symptoms including nausea, vomiting, and hypersensitivity to light, though it does not prevent nor reduce the frequency of attacks. Main ingredient in Amerge is Naratriptan. Amerge can also be used for cluster headaches. Migraine is believed to be caused by swollen or dilated blood vessels; Amerge acts on neurotransmitter serotonin (5HT) receptors in the brain by narrowing those blood vessels. Amerge usually takes about an hour to relieve the symptoms. Amerge should only be given when the pain from migraine attack does not respond to regular pain killers like Aspirin, Acetaminophen (paracetamol) or Ibuprofen.
Amerge Side Effects
Amerge side effects may include dizziness, nasal discomfort, muscle weakness, nausea, neck pain, numbness, vomiting and temporary rise in blood pressure. Rare Amerge side effects include severe allergic reactions, anxiety, asthma, agitation, changes in heart rhythm, confusion, constipation, cough, depression, difficult or painful urination, fatigue, pressure in chest, rapid and throbbing heartbeat, rash, ringing in the ears, tightness in chest, tremors, and vision changes.
Amerge Side Effects Reporting
If you experience any Amerge side effects not mentioned above you should report it to your primary health care provider or FDA 1-800-FDA-1088 in the United States, Health Canada 1-866-225-0709 in Canada, MHRA 020 3080 6000 in UK, or TGA 1800 020 653 in Australia.
Amerge should not be given to those with high blood pressure or who have or are at risk of heart disease or condition. It should also not be used if you have liver or kidney disease.
Amerge must not be given for 2 weeks after taking an MAO inhibitor drug such as the antidepressants Nardil and Parnate.
If you develop severe chest pain after taking Amerge, seek medical help right away.
Amerge injections should not be injected into a vein. This could result in a serious heart irregularity.
Though rarely, severe and fatal allergic reactions have occurred in people taking Amerge. In rare cases, people taking Amerge have suffered seizures.
AMERGE AND PREGNANCY
If you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, inform your physician before taking Amerge as animal studies have shown damage to fetus..
Nursing mothers should switch to bottle-feed while taking Amerge.
Check with your doctor before combining Amerge with the following:
Drugs classified as MAO inhibitors
Ergot-containing drugs such as Cafergot and Ergostat
Amerge is not recommended for children under 18.
The usual adult dose is 1-2.50mg tablet taken with meal or milk. For better results Amerge should be taken right at the onset of the pain. If one Amerge does not respond, you can take second dose at least 4 hours after taking the first one. The maximum dose for a day should not exceed 5mg.
Those with liver disease should take lower doses of Amerge Tablets.
Symptoms of Amerge overdose may include convulsions, dilated pupils, inactivity, lack of coordination, paralysis, redness in the arms and legs, skin changes at the site of injection, slow breathing, sluggishness, tremor, nausea and vomiting. In case of Amerge overdose, seek medical help right way.
If you miss a dose of Amerge, take it as soon as you can. However,
if it is just about time for your next dose, skip the one you forgot and
go on with your regular schedule. Never take a double dose.