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papaverine (injection) (cont.)

What should I discuss with my health care provider before I receive papaverine injection ()?

You should not receive this medication if you are allergic to papaverine injection, or have a certain heart condition called AV heart block.

If possible, before you receive papaverine injection tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs, or if you have:

  • glaucoma;
  • Parkinson's disease; or
  • liver disease.

If you have any of these conditions, you may need a dose adjustment or special tests to safely receive this medication.

FDA pregnancy category C. Papaverine may be harmful to an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant before you receive this medication.

It is not known whether papaverine injection passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not receive this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

In an emergency situation, it may not be possible before you are treated to tell your caregivers about any health conditions you have or if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. However, make sure any doctor caring for you afterward knows that you have received this medication.

How is papaverine injection given ()?

Papaverine injection is given as an injection into a muscle, or through a needle placed into a vein. You will receive this injection in a clinic or hospital setting.

When given as an injection into a vein, papaverine injection must be given slowly (over 1 or 2 minutes) to prevent vein irritation or other side effects.

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