Dihydroergotamine and Metoclopramide in the Treatment of Organic Headache
Version of Record online: 18 MAY 2005
Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain
Volume 35, Issue 10, pages 637–638, November 1995
How to Cite
Gross, D.W., Donat, J.R. and Boyle, C.A.J. (1995), Dihydroergotamine and Metoclopramide in the Treatment of Organic Headache. Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain, 35: 637–638. doi: 10.1111/j.1526-4610.1995.hed3510637.x
- Issue online: 18 MAY 2005
- Version of Record online: 18 MAY 2005
- Accepted for publication May 23, 1995.
- Cited By
- viral meningitis;
- meningeal carcinomatosis;
Dihydroergotamine and metoclopramide have been used in the treatment of benign headache for many years. The presumed mechanism of action of dihydroergotamine and metoclopramide is related to these drugs' affinity for serotonergic receptors. We present three cases of the use of dihydroergotamine and metoclopramide in patients with organic headache (two patients with viral meningitis and one patient with meningeal carcinomatosis). All three patients had excellent symptomatic relief. Our results demonstrate that dihydroergotamine and metoclopramide can be effective in treating organic headache and, therefore, symptomatic relief can not be assumed to signify benign disease.