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Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.
Tell your doctor immediately if any of these rare but serious side effects occur: fast/slow heartbeat, shortness of breath, cold hands/feet, pain/redness/swelling of arms or legs.
Seek immediate medical attention if any of these rare but serious side effects occur: chest pain, vision changes, confusion, seizures.
A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.
This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
In the US -
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.
Read the Methergine (methylergonovine maleate) Side Effects Center for a complete guide to possible side effects
PRECAUTIONS: Before taking methylergonovine, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to similar ergot alkaloids (such as ergonovine); or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.
Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: kidney disease, liver disease, high blood pressure, heart disease (such as venoatrial shunts, mitral valve stenosis, chest pain, recent heart attack), diabetes, high cholesterol, smoking/tobacco use, blood vessel disease (such as Raynaud's disease), complications during pregnancy (such as preeclampsia, eclampsia).
This drug may make you dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do any activity that requires alertness until you are sure you can perform such activities safely. Limit alcoholic beverages.
Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist about all the products you use (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products).
This medication must not be used during pregnancy. It may harm an unborn baby. Consult your doctor for more details.
This medication may decrease the amount of breast milk. Methylergonovine passes into breast milk in small amounts and may have undesirable effects on a nursing infant. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
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