Ergonovine Maleate (er-goe-NOE-veen MAL-ee-ate)
Treats and prevents bleeding from the uterus after childbirth or abortion. This medicine is an ergot alkaloid.
There may be other brand names for this medicine.
When This Medicine Should Not Be Used
You should not receive this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to ergonovine. You should not receive this medicine to induce labor, or if you are at risk of having a miscarriage.
How to Use This Medicine
- Your doctor will prescribe your exact dose and tell you how often it should be given. This medicine is given as a shot into a muscle, or into a vein.
- A nurse or other trained health professional will give you this medicine.
Drugs and Foods to Avoid
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
Warnings While Using This Medicine
- Make sure your doctor knows if you have high blood pressure, heart disease, blood vessel disease, liver disease, kidney disease, severe infection, or decreased calcium in your blood.
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.
- Lightheadedness or fainting.
- Severe chest pain.
- Shortness of breath, cold sweat, and bluish-colored skin or nails.
If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
- Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or stomach pain.
- Pain, itching, burning, swelling, or a lump under your skin where the shot is given.
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
Review Date: 2011-02-04