Description

Methergine is a medication used to help control bleeding during or after childbirth. It can also be used to help control bleeding after an abortion. Methergine is a type of drug called a uterotonic. It works by helping the uterus (womb) contract and by keeping blood vessels from expanding. This helps to reduce blood loss. Methergine is available in tablet form. It is usually taken three times a day for three days after childbirth or an abortion. Methergine may cause side effects, including nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and headache. Methergine should not be used by women who are breastfeeding.

Side Effects

Methergine may cause side effects. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:

nausea

vomiting

diarrhea

headache

Call your doctor immediately if you experience any of the following side effects:

difficulty breathing

swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat

hives

rash

itching

yellowing of the skin or eyes

dark urine

lightheadedness or fainting

seizures

Methergine Warnings

Methergine may not be right for you if you have certain medical conditions. Tell your doctor if you have any of the following conditions:

high blood pressure

a history of heart disease or stroke

coronary artery disease

kidney disease

liver disease

epilepsy or seizures

a history of blood clots

You should also tell your doctor if you are pregnant, planning a pregnancy, or breastfeeding.

Dosages

Methergine is available in tablet form. It is usually taken three times a day for three days after childbirth or an abortion. Methergine should be taken with food.

If you miss a dose of Methergine, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take two doses of Methergine at the same time.