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IMPORTANT: HOW TO USE THIS INFORMATION: This is a summary and does NOT have all possible information about this product. This information does not assure that this product is safe, effective, or appropriate for you. This information is not individual medical advice and does not substitute for the advice of your health care professional. Always ask your health care professional for complete information about this product and your specific health needs.
ZICONOTIDE - INJECTION
COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Prialt
WARNING: Severe mental/mood changes (e.g., confusion, depression, hallucinations, decreased alertness) may occur in some patients. This medication should not be used if you have a history of certain mental disorders (e.g., psychosis) because it increases the risk of those side effects. (See also Side Effects, Precautions sections.)
USES: This medication is a non-narcotic pain reliever that is used to treat ongoing pain when other treatments or medications cannot control your pain. Ziconotide works by blocking the nerves in the spinal cord that send pain signals. It decreases ongoing pain caused by cancer, AIDS, failed back surgery, multiple sclerosis, neuropathy, and other causes.
HOW TO USE: Read the instruction manual and directions that come with your infusion pump. If you have any questions regarding the information, consult your doctor or pharmacist.
This medication is injected, usually continuously, into the spinal fluid (intrathecal) using a small pump or as directed by your doctor. To decrease the risk of side effects, treatment is usually started slowly and then gradually increased to the best dose for you. Your dose is based on your condition and response to therapy.
This medication should not be given into a vein (IV) or under the skin. It can cause fainting due to a dangerous drop in blood pressure if it is accidentally given into a vein.
If you are giving this medication to yourself at home, learn all preparation and usage instructions from your health care professional. Before using, check this product visually for particles or discoloration. If either is present, do not use the liquid. Learn how to store and discard medical supplies safely.
To prevent infection, learn how to handle the infusion pump, and learn proper care of the injection site. Call your doctor immediately if there is any sign of infection around the injection site (e.g., swelling, redness, tenderness). See also Side Effects section.
Contact your doctor or pharmacist to set up a schedule for refilling your pump.
Inform your doctor if your pain persists or worsens.
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