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A white crystalline substance that stimulates smooth muscle of blood vessels and the uterus, inducing vasoconstriction and uterine contractions. It is used in the treatment of migraine. Trade names are Ergomar, Ergostat, and Gynergen.
See also: ergotamine
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ergotamine tartrateA drug that causes widened (dilated) arteries to narrow. It is thus useful in the treatment of MIGRAINE. Overdosage is dangerous. The drug is on the WHO official list. Brand names are Lingraine, Medihaler-ergotamine, and, formulated with other drugs, Cafergot and Migril.
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