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methylergonovine (cont.)

What should I discuss with my health care provider before using methylergonovine (Methergine)?

You should not use this medication if you have:

  • high blood pressure;
  • toxemia of pregnancy; or
  • if your baby has not yet been born.

If possible before you receive methylergonovine, tell your doctor if you have:

You should not use methylergonovine during your pregnancy. This medication is to be used only after delivery of your baby.

Do not breast-feed within 12 hours after taking methylergonovine. Methylergonovine may pass into breast milk in small amounts and could affect a nursing baby. In some cases, you will need to use this medication for up to 1 week after your baby is born. You may need to use a breast pump to establish and maintain your milk flow until your methylergonovine treatment is finished. If you use a breast pump during this time, throw out any milk you collect. Do not feed it to your baby.

How should I use methylergonovine (Methergine)?

Use exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label.

Injectable methylergonovine is injected into a muscle or into a vein through an IV. You will receive this injection while you are in the delivery room and for a short time after your baby is born, if needed.

Oral methylergonovine is taken as a tablet 3 or 4 times daily for up to 1 week after your baby is born. Follow your doctor's instructions.

Methylergonovine should not be used for longer than 1 week unless your doctor has told you otherwise.

Store at room temperature away from moisture, heat, and light.

Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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