Methergine Side Effects
Generic Name: methylergonovine
Note: This page contains information about the side effects of methylergonovine. Some of the dosage forms included on this document may not apply to the brand name Methergine.
Not all side effects for Methergine may be reported. You should always consult a doctor or healthcare professional for medical advice. Side effects can be reported to the FDA here.
For the Consumer
Applies to methylergonovine: oral tablet
Other dosage forms:
In addition to its needed effects, some unwanted effects may be caused by methylergonovine (the active ingredient contained in Methergine). In the event that any of these side effects do occur, they may require medical attention.
You should check with your doctor immediately if any of these side effects occur when taking methylergonovine:More common
- Abdominal pain
- increased blood pressure
- Blood in the urine
- change in skin color
- chest pain or discomfort
- difficult or labored breathing
- difficulty with swallowing
- fast, pounding, or irregular heartbeat or pulse
- lightheadedness, dizziness, or fainting
- pain or discomfort in the arms, jaw, back, or neck
- pain, tenderness, or swelling of the foot or leg
- puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, face, lips, or tongue
- slow or fast heartbeat
- skin rash
- Burning, crawling, itching, numbness, prickling, "pins and needles", or tingling feelings
- dizziness, faintness, or lightheadedness when getting up suddenly from a lying or sitting position
- inability to speak
- severe or sudden headache
- slurred speech
- temporary blindness
- weakness in the arm or leg on one side of the body, sudden and severe
Some of the side effects that can occur with methylergonovine may not need medical attention. As your body adjusts to the medicine during treatment these side effects may go away. Your health care professional may also be able to tell you about ways to reduce or prevent some of these side effects. If any of the following side effects continue, are bothersome or if you have any questions about them, check with your health care professional:Rare
- Continuous ringing or buzzing or other unexplained noise in the ears
- cramps in the legs
- foul taste
- increased sweating
- stuffy nose
For Healthcare Professionals
Applies to methylergonovine: injectable solution, oral tablet
Cardiovascular side effects have included palpitations, hypertension, hypotension, acute myocardial infarction, transient chest pains, arterial spasm (coronary and peripheral), bradycardia, and tachycardia. Postmarketing reports have included ventricular fibrillation, ventricular tachycardia, angina pectoris and atrioventricular block.
Hematologic side effects have included thrombophlebitis.
Metabolic side effects have included water intoxication.
Nervous system side effects have included tinnitus, hallucinations and dizziness. Postmarketing reports have included cerebrovascular accident and paraesthesia.
Gastrointestinal side effects have included diarrhea, foul taste, nausea and vomiting.
Dermatologic side effects have included diaphoresis and rash.
Genitourinary side effects have included hematuria.
Respiratory side effects have included dyspnea and nasal congestion.
More about Methergine (methylergonovine)
- Methergine tablets
- Methergine oral and injection
- Methergine (Advanced Reading)
- Methergine Injection (Advanced Reading)
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