"Oct. 24, 2012 -- Women should get a Tdap shot during every pregnancy to protect their infant from whooping cough, even if they have had Tdap shots before, new guidelines advise.
Today's recommendation comes from the CDC's Advisory Com"...
Methergine Side Effects Center
Pharmacy Editor: Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD
Methergine (methylergonovine) is an ergot alkaloid that affects the smooth muscle of a woman's uterus, improving the muscle tone as well as the strength and timing of uterine contractions. Methergine is administered in the postpartum period to help deliver the placenta and to help control bleeding and other uterine problems after childbirth. Side effects of Methergine include nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, diarrhea, leg cramps, sweating, skin rash, headache, dizziness, ringing in your ears, stuffy nose, or unpleasant taste in your mouth. Other side effects can also occur. Methergine can be given in tablet form, as an intramuscular injection, or intravenously.
Methylergonovine may pass into breast milk in small amounts and could affect a nursing baby. In some cases this drug may be used for up to 1 week after a baby is born. It is important to discuss with your doctor about whether you should breast-feed during that time.
Our Methergine Side Effects Drug Center provides a comprehensive view of available drug information on the potential side effects when taking this medication.
What is Patient Information in Detail?
Easy-to-read and understand detailed drug information and pill images for the patient or caregiver from Cerner Multum.
Methergine in Detail - Patient Information: Side Effects
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:
- pain, swelling, warmth, or redness under your skin;
- seizure (convulsions);
- feeling like you might pass out;
- pounding heartbeats or fluttering in your chest;
- slow heart rate, trouble breathing;
- blood in your urine;
- severe weakness, muscle cramps, confusion, slurred speech, fainting;
- chest pain or heavy feeling, pain spreading to the arm or shoulder, nausea, sweating, general ill feeling;
- sudden numbness or weakness, especially on one side of the body;
- sudden severe headache, confusion, problems with vision, speech, or balance;
- pain, swelling, warmth, or redness in one or both legs; or
- dangerously high blood pressure (severe headache, blurred vision, buzzing in your ears, anxiety, confusion, chest pain, shortness of breath, uneven heartbeats, seizure).
Less serious side effects may include:
- nausea, mild stomach pain or vomiting, diarrhea;
- increased sweating, mild skin rash;
- leg cramps;
- mild headache, dizziness;
- ringing in your ears;
- stuffy nose; or
- unpleasant taste in your mouth.
Read the entire detailed patient monograph for Methergine (Methylergonovine Maleate)
What is Patient Information Overview?
A concise overview of the drug for the patient or caregiver from First DataBank.
Methergine Overview - Patient Information: Side Effects
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.
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 entire patient information overview for Methergine (Methylergonovine Maleate)
What is Prescribing information?
The FDA package insert formatted in easy-to-find categories for health professionals and clinicians.
Methergine FDA Prescribing Information: Side Effects
The most common adverse reaction is hypertension associated in several cases with seizure and/or headache. Hypotension has also been reported. Abdominal pain (caused by uterine contractions), nausea and vomiting have occurred occasionally. Rarely observed reactions have included: acute myocardial infarction, transient chest pains, vasoconstriction, vasospasm, coronary arterial spasm, bradycardia, tachycardia, dyspnea, hematuria, thrombophlebitis, water intoxication, hallucinations, leg cramps, dizziness, tinnitus, nasal congestion, diarrhea, diaphoresis, palpitation, rash, and foul taste.1
There have been rare isolated reports of anaphylaxis, without a proven causal relationship to the drug product.
The following adverse drug reactions have been derived from post-marketing experience with Methergine via spontaneous case reports. Because these reactions are reported voluntarily from a population of uncertain size, it is not possible to reliably estimate their frequency which is therefore categorized as not known.
Nervous system disorders
Drug Abuse And Dependence
Methergine (methylergonovine maleate) has not been associated with drug abuse or dependence of either a physical or psychological nature.
Read the entire FDA prescribing information for Methergine (Methylergonovine Maleate)
Additional Methergine Information
Methergine - User Reviews
Methergine User Reviews
Now you can gain knowledge and insight about a drug treatment with Patient Discussions.
Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration
Parenting and Pregnancy
Get tips for baby and you.