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Naratriptan (Amerge)- Dosage, Uses, and Side Effects

Naratriptan belongs to the triptan group of medications and is used in the treatment of migraines with or without aura. Serotonin, a naturally occurring substance in your body, activates receptors in your brain and nervous system. Naratriptan narrows the blood vessels and stops the release of sensory chemicals, which lowers the pain.

Naratriptan is used for short-term treatment of migraine in adults. It helps in relieving migraine and their symptoms. Take a tablet at the beginning of a migraine, or as directed by your doctor. Naratriptan should not be used to stop migraines.

  •    Naratriptan is used in the treatment of migraine only not for any other headache.
  •    Both the frequency and intensity of your headaches are unaffected by Naratriptan.
  •    Don’t take Naratriptan if you have a heart problem, high blood pressure, or circulation problem.
  •    Naratriptan should not be taken 24 hours before or after taking another migraine medication.
  •    After taking Naratriptan, people often experience relief from migraines within 4 hours.
  •    After taking Naratriptan, people often experience relief from migraines within 4 hours.

You can get assistance with your medicine from the group of skilled doctors at ,Specialty Care Clinics.

How to take Naratriptan?

Naratriptan comes in 2 doses- 1mg and 2.5mg. The first dose of 1mg or 2.5mg is taken orally. But if symptoms go away and come back, take another dose after 4 hours. Take only 5 mg in a day at most. If your symptoms do not go away, inform your doctor.

At the first sign of migraine, take Naratriptan with a full glass of water.

If you are taking Naratriptan first time and have a risk factor of heart disease, it’s advised to take it in a doctor’s office to monitor the side effects. Depending on your medical condition and response to treatment, your dosage will be determined. If your headache doesn't get better or gets worse, inform your doctor.

The maximum dosage for patients with hepatic impairment is 2.5 mg per day and recommended the first dose is 1 mg.

Using migraine medications more than 10 days a month may actually make headaches worse.

When you first start taking Naratriptan (Amerge), you can feel exhausted or dizzy. It is also advised to check blood pressure regularly.

A doctor's prescription is needed to purchase this medication.

What are the precautions for taking Naratriptan?

If you have any of the following conditions, or if you are allergic to Naratriptan, don’t take Naratriptan:

  •    Uncontrolled high blood pressure
  •    Coronary artery disease
  •    Heart attack
  •    Liver or kidney disease
  •    Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome
  •    Circulation problems
  •    Headache other than migraine
  •    Peripheral vascular disease
  •    Ischemic bowel disease
  •    Are overweight or smoke
  •    Are pregnant or breastfeeding


What are Naratriptan's side effects?

Common side effects include

  •    Weakness
  •    Tiredness
  •    Dizziness
  •    Nausea
  •    Pain in the neck, throat, or jaw
  •    Upset stomach
  •    Numbness
  •    Flushing

In case of any of the following symptoms, contact your doctor immediately:

  •    Chest pain
  •    Pain in the jaw or shoulder
  •    Shortness of breath
  •    Weakness on one side of body
  •    Changes in vision or speech
  •    High blood pressure
  •    Fainting
  •    Irregular heartbeats
  •    Constipation
  •    Vomiting
  •    Rash
  •    Hives
  •    Itching
  •    Pain in hands or feet


Storage and disposal of Naratriptan-

Ensure that this medication remains tightly closed in the original container and is out of reach of children. Keep it at room temperature away from excessive heat and moisture.

Unused prescriptions must be disposed of carefully to prevent pets, kids, and other people from consuming them. A medication take-back program is an ideal way to get rid of your medication.

Avoid using Naratriptan within 24 hours of taking another migraine medication:

  •    Medicines like Amerge such as eletriptan, sumatriptan, zolmitriptan, and others
  •    Ergot medicines such as dihydroergotamine, ergotamine, ergonovine, methylergonovine

Which other medicines will impact Naratriptan?

  •    Medicine used in depression
  •    Medication for psychiatric disorders
  •    A narcotic medication
  •    Medication to stop vomiting and nausea

Keep track of your medication use and how often headache occurs.

It's important to treat migraines. Specialty Care Clinics is here to help you get relief from your migraine symptoms. We have professionals who can offer you advice if you are experiencing migraines in addition to medicine. If you suffer from a migraine, whether light or severe, call us at 469-545-9983.