Methylergonovine maleate (By mouth)

Introduction

Methylergonovine Maleate (meth-il-er-goe-NOE-veen MAL-ee-ate)

Prevents bleeding from the uterus that can happen after childbirth. Belongs to a class of drugs called ergot alkaloids.

Brand Name(s)

There may be other brand names for this medicine.

Methergine

When This Medicine Should Not Be Used

You should not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to methylergonovine, or to related medicines such as ergonovine or ergotamine (Cafergot®, Bellergal®). Patients who are pregnant or have toxemia should not take methylergonovine.

How to Use This Medicine

Tablet

  • Take this medicine exactly as your doctor ordered.

If a dose is missed:

  • If you miss a dose of methylergonovine, you should not use the missed dose at all, just return to your regular dosing schedule.
  • You should not use two doses at the same time.

How to Store and Dispose of This Medicine

  • Store at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light.
  • Keep all medicine out of the reach of children.

Drugs and Foods to Avoid

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are also using other ergot medicines, such as ergotamine (Cafergot®, Ergomar®, Ergostat®), bromocriptine (Parlodel®), ergoloid mesylates (Hydergine®), or methysergide (Sansert®). Make sure your doctor knows if you are also using ephedrine, pseudoephedrine (Sudafed®), or phenylephrine (Neo-Synephrine®).

Warnings While Using This Medicine

  • Check with your doctor before taking if you have heart, kidney, or liver disease, high blood pressure, an infection, Raynaud's syndrome, or have had a stroke.
  • Talk with your doctor before use if you are breastfeeding.

Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

  • Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing.
  • Chest pain.
  • Irregular heartbeat.
  • Severe headache or blurred vision.
  • Tingling of the fingers, toes, or feet.

If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:

  • Diarrhea or stomach pain.
  • Headache.
  • Nausea or vomiting.
  • Sweating.

If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088

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