Cafergot (Caffeine, Ergotamine)

Strength(s): 100 mg

Active Ingredient: Caffeine, Ergotamine



Cafergot is a medication made up of two vasoconstrictors: caffeine and ergotamine tartrate. The combination of these two substances works by constricting blood vessels in the brain’s lining, making it an effective remedy for vascular headaches like migraine headaches.


Cafergot is primarily used for the prevention and treatment of certain types of headaches, including migraines, migraine variants, and cluster headaches that could be caused by dilation of blood vessels in the head. The medicine can also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Ergotamine is the main ingredient for constricting the dilated blood vessels while caffeine aids in the absorption of ergotamine as well as constriction of blood vessels.


This medication is usually taken orally with or without food. the dosage is usually as prescribed by a doctor. Normally, this would be 2 tablets at the onset of a headache, and 1 tablet every thirty minutes until the headache subsides.

You should however not take more than 6 tablets per attack, or more than 10 tablets within 7 days.

If the medication has been prescribed to treat or prevent a certain type of headache like cluster headaches, you should take it exactly as prescribed by your doctor. You should, however, not exceed 3 weeks as this could lead to dependency on the drug.

It is also important to note that the dosage prescribed would be based on how you respond to treatment and also your medical condition. For best results, cafergot should be taken at the first signs of a headache. If you delay medication till the headache has worsened, the drug may not be very effective.

Side Effects

The following are the possible side effects you may experience when using the drug. Please note that this is not a complete list of side effects. If you experience any effects not listed here, or if any effect goes on for a prolonged period of time, alert your doctor immediately.

Less serious side effects include:

– Nausea

– Vomiting

– Stomach upsets

– Dizziness or a spinning sensation

– Weakness

– Mild itching

– Troubled sleep

The following is a list of more serious side effects. Stop use of the medicine immediately and call your doctor if you experience any of these:

– Sudden numbness or weakness

– Sudden headache or impairment of vision, speech, or balance

– Fastened or slowed heart rate

– Muscle pain

– Numbness, tingling sensation, or blue patches on your fingers or toes

– Severe stomach or lower back pains

– Swelling or itching

– Troubled breathing or cough with chest pain

– Hypertension

While allergic reactions are rare, you should get emergency medical help if you experience difficulty breathing, hives, or swelling of the face, tongue, lips, or throat.


This medicine should not be taken if you are allergic to either caffeine or ergotamine. You should also tell your doctor about any other allergies you may have because the medicine could have inactive ingredients that could cause allergic reactions.

You should also tell your doctor your medical history, especially one that includes headaches, blood circulation problems, kidney disease, stroke, or liver disease, hypertension, diabetes, high cholesterol, obesity, and postmenopausal (for women).

Because this medication could cause dizziness, you should not use machinery, drive, or do any activity that requires you to be alert until you are certain you can perform it safely.

Use of tobacco could increase the possibility of serious side effects.

This medication should not be used by pregnant or breastfeeding mothers. It could harm unborn babies or pass through breast milk and cause adverse effects in a nursing infant.

Where to Buy

A prescription is needed to be able to buy Cafergot. You can therefore buy it at a local pharmacy or get it from a hospital. You can also order Cafergot online if you have a doctor’s prescription. However, even without a prescription, it is possible to get a prescription from an online physician. You should however only buy online from trusted online pharmacies.

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