What is this medicine?
METHYLERGONOVINE (meth il er goe NOE veen) is one of a group of medicines known as ergot alkaloids. It is used to contract the uterus at the end of child birth. It is also used to prevent or to treat excessive bleeding after child birth.
How should I use this medicine?
This medicine is for injection into a muscle or infusion into a vein. It is given by a health care professional in a hospital or clinic setting.
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
chest pain or tightness
fast, slow, or pounding heartbeat
fever or chills
leg or arm pain or cramps
passing tissue or large clots
swelling of hands, ankles, or feet
tingling, pain or numbness in feet or hands
unusually tired or weak
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
medicines for colds, flu, or breathing difficulties
medicines for fungal infections like itraconazole, ketoconazole, posaconazole, and voriconazole
medicines used to induce labor
medicines used to treat migraines like almotriptan, eletriptan, frovatriptan, naratriptan, rizatriptan, sumatriptan, or zolmitriptan
other ergot alkaloids like ergotamine, dihydroergotamine, ergonovine, or methysergide
some medicines for high blood pressure or chest pain
some medicines for the treatment of HIV infection or AIDS
This medicine may also interact with the following medications:
What if I miss a dose?
This does not apply.
Where should I keep my medicine?
This drug is given in a hospital or clinic and will not be stored at home.
What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
high blood pressure
an unusual or allergic reaction to methylergonovine, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
pregnant or trying to get pregnant
What should I watch for while using this medicine?
See your doctor for a follow up visit as directed.
Do not use tampons, have sex, or use douches until the bleeding has stopped and your doctor allows you to return to normal activities.