Ergotamine-Induced Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy

Am J Ther. 2016 Mar-Apr;23(2):e597-600. doi: 10.1097/MJT.0000000000000030.


Takotsubo cardiomyopathy (TC) is a recently increasing diagnosed disease showed by transient apical or mid-apical left ventricular dysfunction. It is known as a disease of postmenopausal women, which is usually triggered by emotional or physical stress. Although the trigger is mostly endogenous, some drugs have also been reported as the cause. Published case reports of TC associated with drug usage consist of sympathomimetic drugs, inotropic agents, thyroid hormone, cocaine, and 5-fluorouracil. We present an unusual case of TC in which the possible trigger is ergotamine toxicity.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Ergotamine / adverse effects*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Migraine Disorders / drug therapy*
  • Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy / chemically induced*


  • Ergotamine