What is this medicine?
ERGONOVINE (er goe NOE veen) is part of a group of medicines called ergot alkaloids. It is used to treat or prevent excessive bleeding after child birth.
How should I use this medicine?
Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. This medicine may be swallowed whole or melted under the tongue. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Take your doses at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Do not stop taking except on the advice of your doctor or health care professional.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
cold or discolored hands, feet
fever or chills
high or low blood pressure
numbness, pain, tingling
stomach cramps, pain
unusually weak or tired
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
What may interact with this medicine?
Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
certain antibiotics like clarithromycin, erythromycin, or troleandomycin
herbal supplements like ephedra, ma huang
medicines for colds, flu, or breathing difficulties
medicines for fungal infections like ketoconazole, itraconazole, posaconazole, and voriconazole
medicines for migraine headaches like almotriptan, frovatriptan, sumatriptan
medicines used to induce labor
nitrates for chest pain
other ergot alkaloids like ergotamine, dihydroergotamine, ergonovine, methysergide
some medicines for HIV
What if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.
Where should I keep my medicine?
Keep out of the reach of children.
Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Protect from light. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.
What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
heart disease, shunts
high blood pressure
an unusual or allergic reaction to ergonovine, ergot alkaloids, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
pregnant or trying to get pregnant
What should I watch for while using this medicine?
Follow your doctor's instructions for how to take this medicine and what to watch for. Visit your doctor for a check up as directed.