Methylergonovine Maleate (meth-il-er-goe-NOE-veen MAL-ee-ate)
Prevents bleeding from the uterus that can happen after childbirth or an abortion. Shortens the third stage of labor.
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 methylergonovine (Methergine®), or if you have high blood pressure. You should not receive this medicine if you are pregnant or if you have toxemia (high blood pressure during pregnancy).
How to Use This Medicine
- Your doctor will prescribe your exact dose and tell you how often you should receive it. This medicine is given as a shot into one of your muscles or veins.
- A nurse or other trained health professional will give you this medicine. This medicine is given after delivery of the placenta, or during the second stage of labor.
- Your doctor may also prescribe methylergonovine tablets for you to take. Be sure to follow all your doctor's instructions.
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 (Ergomar®, Ergostat®), bromocriptine (Parlodel®), Hydergine®, Sansert®, or Cafergot®. Make sure your doctor knows if you are also using other medicines that shrink blood vessels such as ephedrine, pseudoephedrine (Sudafed®), or phenylephrine (Neo-Synephrine®).
Warnings While Using This Medicine
- Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breast feeding, or if you have sepsis (severe infection). Make sure your doctor knows if you have heart disease, or if you have kidney or liver problems.
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.
- Heart attack.
If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
- Blood clots.
- Blood in your urine.
- Chest pain.
- Confusion, weakness, or muscle twitching or cramping.
- Funny or bad taste in your mouth.
- Headache, or stuffy nose.
- Heavy sweating.
- Lightheadedness, dizziness, or fainting.
- Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.
- Ringing in your ears.
- Seeing things that aren't there.
- Seizures (convulsions).
- Trouble breathing.
- Uneven heart beat.