Generic Medicine Info
Indications and Dosage
Acute attack of cluster headache, Migraine
Adult: Initially, 1 mg via slow IV inj over 2-3 min, repeat dose at 1 hr interval, as needed. Max: 2 mg daily; 6 mg wkly.

Acute migraine attacks
Adult: As 0.4% soln: 0.5 mg sprayed into each nostril, then an additional 0.5 mg into each nostril after 15 min. Max: 2 mg/attack.

Acute attack of cluster headache, Migraine
Adult: Initially, 1 mg via SC/IM inj, repeat dose at 1 hr interval, as needed. Max: 3 mg daily; 6 mg wkly.
Renal Impairment
Severe: Contraindicated.
Hepatic Impairment
Severe: Contraindicated.
May be taken with or without food.
Ischaemic heart disease (i.e. angina pectoris, silent ischaemia, history of MI), coronary artery vasospasm (e.g. Prinzmetal’s variant angina), vasospastic coronary artery disease, uncontrolled HTN, haemiplegic or basilar migraine, peripheral vascular disease, sepsis. Patient following vascular surgery. Concomitant use w/ potent CYP3A4 inhibitors. Severe hepatic or renal impairment. Pregnancy and lactation.
Special Precautions
Patients w/ risk factors predictive of coronary artery disease (e.g. HTN, hypercholesterolemia, angina), history of drug induced fibrotic disorders, severe orthostatic hypotension.
Adverse Reactions
Significant: Nausea, vomiting. Rarely, pleural, retroperitoneal, and cardiac valvular fibrosis, increase in BP.
Nervous: Paraesthesia, numbness of fingers and toes, tingling sensation, dizziness, headache.
CV: HTN, vasospasm.
GI: Abdominal pain, diarrhoea, taste disturbance, throat irritation.
Resp: Dyspnoea, nasal irritation.
Muscoloskeletal: Muscle spasm.
Dermatologic: Facial oedema, urticaria, rash, increased sweating.
Potentially Fatal: Rarely, coronary artery vasospasm, transient myocardial ischaemia, acute MI, ventricular tachycardia, ventricular fibrillation, cerebrovascular events (e.g. cerebral or subarachnoid haemorrhage, stroke), gangrene.
IM/IV/Nasal/Parenteral/SC: X
Patient Counseling Information
This drug may cause dizziness, if affected, do not drive or operate machinery.
Monitoring Parameters
Monitor CV status prior to and periodically during therapy.
Symptoms: Nausea, vomiting, numbness, tingling, pain, cyanosis of the extremities, abdominal pain, resp depression, increase and/or decrease in BP, confusion, delirium, convulsions, and coma. Management: Apply warmth to affected area. Provide nursing care to prevent tissue damage. Admin of vasodilators may be beneficial.
Drug Interactions
Enhanced vasoconstriction w/ other ergot alkaloids, sumatriptan, β-blockers, nicotine, and other vasoconstrictors. May lead to serotonin-like syndrome (e.g. weakness, incoordination, hyperreflexia) when used w/ SSRIs.
Potentially Fatal: Concurrent use of potent CYP3A4 inhibitors (e.g protease inhibitors, macrolides, azole antifungals) may cause vasospasm that may lead to cerebral ischaemia.
Description: Dihydroergotamine, an ergot alkaloid, is an α-adrenergic blocker that directly stimulates vascular smooth muscle to constrict peripheral and cerebral vessels. Additionally, it stimulates 5-HT plasma level to counteract the loss of tone of the extracranial vasculature.
Onset: 15-30 min (IM).
Duration: 3-4 hr (IM).
Absorption: Bioavailability: 43% (nasal). Time to peak plasma concentration: 1-2 min (IV); 24 min (IM); 15-45 min (SC); 30-60 min (nasal).
Distribution: Volume of distribution: Approx 800 L. Plasma protein binding: 90-95%.
Metabolism: Extensively metabolised to the active metabolite, 8'-β-hydroxydihydroergotamine; and further metabolised via oxidation to the active metabolite, 8',10'-dihydroxydihydroergotamine; undergoes extensive hepatic first-pass metabolism.
Excretion: Mainly via faeces; and urine (6-7% as unchanged drug). Elimination half-life: Approx 9-10 hr.
Chemical Structure

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Source: National Center for Biotechnology Information. PubChem Database. Dihydroergotamine, CID=10531, https://pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/compound/Dihydroergotamine (accessed on Jan. 21, 2020)

Store below 25°C. Do not refrigerate or freeze. Soln for inj: Protect from light.
MIMS Class
Antimigraine Preparations
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