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Naratriptan HCl oral
NARATRIPTAN - ORAL

Important Note

The following information is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacist or other healthcare professional. It should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. Consult your healthcare professional before using this drug.

NARATRIPTAN - ORAL

(nair-uh-TRIP-tan)

COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Amerge

Uses

This medication is used to treat acute migraine attacks.

How To Use

Use this drug as directed. Generally one dose is taken by mouth, then if the headache returns or only partial relief occurs a second dose is used four hours later. The recommended maximum is 5 mg in 24 hours. If there is no relief from the first dose taken, consult your doctor or pharmacist before taking another dose. This drug is not used to prevent migraine attacks. This drug and "ergot-type" drugs (see Drug Interactions) should not be used within 24 hours of each other.

Side Effects

Dizziness, drowsiness, tingling of the hands or feet, unusual tiredness, nausea, dry mouth and unsteadiness. If these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor promptly. Unlikely but report promptly: chest pain/pressure, throat pain/pressure, unusually fast/slow/irregular pulse, one-sided muscle weakness, vision problems, cold/bluish hands or feet, stomach pain, bloody diarrhea, mental/mood changes, fainting. In the unlikely event you have an allergic reaction to this drug, seek immediate medical attention. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include: rash, itching, swelling, dizziness, trouble breathing. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Precautions

Before using this drug, tell your doctor your medical history including: any allergies, heart disease, blood vessel disease, liver disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking, diabetes. There have been rare reports of those with sulfa drug allergies having allergic reactions to naratriptan. Consult your doctor or pharmacist. Limit alcohol intake as it may aggravate certain side effects. Caution is advised when performing tasks requiring alertness (e.g., driving). This medication should be used only when clearly needed during pregnancy. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. It is not known whether this drug is excreted into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding. Due to increased risk of side effects, use of this drug is not recommended in the elderly.

Drug Interactions

Tell your doctor of all nonprescription and prescription medication you may use, especially: nefazodone, SSRI antidepressants (e.g., fluoxetine, fluvoxamine), venlafaxine, other "triptan" migraine drugs, "ergot-type" drugs (e.g., ergotamine, dihydroergotamine, methysergide), MAO inhibitors (e.g., furazolidone, selegiline, phenelzine, tranylcypromine, moclobemide), sibutramine, tramadol, sedatives, tranquilizers, psychiatric drugs, sleep medicine, anti-seizure drugs, anti- anxiety drugs, certain antihistamines (e.g., diphenhydramine). Check all labels (e.g., cough/cold products) for drugs causing drowsiness such as antihistamines. Consult your pharmacist. Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.

Overdose

If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. Symptoms of overdose may include drowsiness.

Notes

Do not share this medication with others. Lab/medical tests may be performed to monitor your therapy.

Missed Dose

This drug is used only as needed as directed.

Storage

Store at room temperature between 68 and 77 degrees F (20-25 degrees C) away from light and moisture.