Brand & Generic Names
- Habit forming? No
- Prescription needed? Yes
- Available as generic? No
- Drug class: Ergot preparation (uterine stimulant)
Retards excessive post-delivery bleeding.
Dosage & Usage Information
How to take:
Tablet--Swallow with liquid or food to lessen stomach
When to take:
At the same times each day.
If you forget a dose:
Don't take missed dose and don't double
next one. Wait for next scheduled dose.
What drug does:
Causes smooth-muscle cells of uterine wall to contract and
surround bleeding blood vessels of relaxed uterus.
Time lapse before drug works:
Tablets--20 to 30 minutes.
Don't take with:
Any other medicine without consulting your doctor or pharmacist.
Vomiting, diarrhea, weak pulse, low blood pressure,
dyspnea, angina, convulsions.
WHAT TO DO:
- Dial 911 (emergency) or O (operator) for an ambulance or
medical help. Then give first aid immediately.
- If patient is unconscious and not breathing, give mouth-to-
mouth breathing. If there is no heartbeat, use cardiac massage
and mouth-to-mouth breathing (CPR). Don't try to make patient
vomit. If you can't get help quickly, take patient to nearest
- See EMERGENCY Information.
Possible Adverse Reactions or Side Effects
In case of overdose, see Overdose section.
severe lower abdominal
- Confusion, ringing
in ears, diarrhea,
- Unusual sweating.
of breath; chest pain;
numb, cold hands and feet.
Warnings & Precautions
Don't take if:
You are allergic to any ergot preparation.
Before you start, consult your doctor:
- If you have coronary artery or blood vessel disease.
- If you have liver or kidney disease.
- If you have high blood pressure.
- If you have postpartum infection.
Over age 60:
Risk to unborn child outweighs drug benefits. Don't use.
Drug passes into milk. Avoid drug or discontinue nursing until
you finish medicine. Consult doctor for advice on maintaining
Infants & children:
Talk to your doctor about the need for follow-up medical
examinations or laboratory studies to check blood pressure,
Skin & sunlight:
No problems expected.
Driving, piloting or hazardous work:
No problems expected.
May be unnecessary to finish medicine. Follow doctor's
Drug should be used for short time only following childbirth or
Possible Interaction with Other Drugs
||Possible vasospasm (peripheral
Possible Interaction with Other Substances
||Decreased methylergonovine effect.