Headache Medicines, Ergot Derivative-Containing (Systemic)
Once a medicine has been approved
for marketing for a certain use, experience may show that it is also useful
for other medical problems. Although this use is not specifically included
in product labeling, dihydroergotamine is sometimes used together with another
medicine (heparin) to help prevent blood clots that may occur after certain
kinds of surgery. It is also used to prevent or treat low blood pressure in
For patients receiving this medicine for preventing
You may need to receive this medicine two or three times a day for
several days in a row. This may increase the chance of problems caused by
decreased blood flow. Your health care professional will be following your
progress, to make sure that this medicine is not causing problems with blood
For patients using this medicine to prevent or treat
low blood pressure
Take this medicine every day as directed by your doctor.
The dose of dihydroergotamine will depend on whether the medicine
is going to be injected under the skin or into a muscle, and, sometimes, on
the weight of the patient. For these reasons, the dose will have to be determined
by your doctor.
Your doctor will need to check your progress at regular visits, to
make sure that the medicine is working properly without causing side effects.
This medicine is less likely to cause problems with blood circulation
in patients with low blood pressure than it is in patients with normal or
high blood pressure.
In patients being treated for low blood pressure, an increase in
blood pressure is the wanted effect, not a side effect that may need medical
Other than the above information, there is no additional information relating
to proper use, precautions, or side effects for these uses.