Morrhuate

Generic Name: morrhuate (MOR-yoo-ate)
Brand Name: Scleromate

Morrhuate is used for:

Treating varicose veins.

Morrhuate is a mixture of saturated and unsaturated fatty acids. It works by causing inflammation of the inside of the injected vein and creating a blood clot, which results in the destruction of the vein.

Do NOT use morrhuate if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in morrhuate
  • you have an infection of the blood, tuberculosis (TB), or any other infection
  • you have a blood clot in the veins (deep vein thrombosis), blood problems, skin problems, a blockage in your blood vessels, inflammation of your veins, tumors, cancer, or varicose veins caused by unusual growths or tumors in your abdominal or pelvic area
  • you have asthma, a severely overactive thyroid, or uncontrolled diabetes

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

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Before using morrhuate:

Some medical conditions may interact with morrhuate. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with morrhuate. However, no specific interactions with morrhuate are known at this time.

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if morrhuate may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use morrhuate:

Use morrhuate as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Morrhuate is usually administered as an injection at your doctor's office, hospital, or clinic.
  • If morrhuate contains particles or is discolored, or if the vial is cracked or damaged in any way, do not use it.
  • If you miss a dose of morrhuate, contact your doctor.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use morrhuate.

Important safety information:

  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you think you may be pregnant, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using morrhuate during pregnancy. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you are using morrhuate, check with your doctor or pharmacist to discuss the risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of morrhuate:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Aching; burning, cramping, discoloration (light bronze color), or a sensation of stiffness around the injection area.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); pain, redness, or swelling around the injection site; skin ulceration.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately.

Proper storage of morrhuate:

Store morrhuate at room temperature, between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep morrhuate out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about morrhuate, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Morrhuate is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take morrhuate or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about morrhuate. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to morrhuate. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using morrhuate.

Issue Date: July 2, 2014
Database Edition 14.3.1.001
Copyright © 2014 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

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