Dihydroergotamine mesylate

United States Pharmacopeia (USP) Reference Standard

Dihydroergotamine methanesulfonate salt
Empirical Formula (Hill Notation):
C33H37N5O5 · CH4O3S
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Biochem/physiol Actions

Agonist at vascular serotonin receptors; partial agonist at α-adrenergic and dopamine D2 receptors; vasoconstrictor.

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These products are for test and assay use only. They are not meant for administration to humans or animals and cannot be used to diagnose, treat, or cure diseases of any kind.  ​

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Acute Tox. 4 Dermal - Acute Tox. 4 Inhalation


11 - Combustible Solids

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Xiaoyan Chen et al.
Journal of chromatography. B, Analytical technologies in the biomedical and life sciences, 768(2), 267-275 (2002-03-13)
A sensitive and specific procedure for the simultaneous determination of dihydroergotamine (DHE) and its 8'-hydroxylated metabolite (8'-OH-DHE) in human plasma was developed and validated. The analytes were extracted from plasma samples by liquid-liquid extraction, separated through a Zorbax C18 column...
S B Shrewsbury et al.
British journal of pharmacology, 154(6), 1254-1265 (2008-05-27)
The effects of intrapulmonary artery (i.p.a.) administration of dihydroergotamine mesylate (DHE) were evaluated. Conscious beagle dogs (n=4) were given DHE via the i.p.a. or i.v. route as two 0.014 mg kg(-1) doses and a 0.14 mg kg(-1) dose given 60...
Stephen Silberstein
Expert opinion on pharmacotherapy, 13(13), 1961-1968 (2012-08-07)
Dihydroergotamine mesylate (DHE) has been used as an acute migraine treatment since 1945, although tolerability with intravenous administration has limited its use. MAP0004 is a novel, orally inhaled, aerosol formulation of DHE that provides pulmonary drug delivery using a pressurized...
John A Morren et al.
Expert opinion on pharmacotherapy, 11(18), 3085-3093 (2010-11-18)
Migraine affects approximately 18% of women and 6% of men, and has an immense impact on quality of life and productivity. Advancement in therapeutic options has been slow. For many patients with difficult-to-treat migraine, the appropriate use of dihydroergotamine mesylate...
J A Barone et al.
Pharmacotherapy, 6(4 Pt 2), 3S-11S (1986-07-01)
Dihydroergotamine(DHE)-heparin combination offers a unique treatment modality for the prevention of deep vein thrombosis. The combination appears to affect all 3 limbs of Virchow's triad: hypercoagulability, venous stasis, and endothelial damage. In most efficacy studies, data indicated that the combination...

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