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Carboprost

Generic Name: carboprost (KAR-boe-prost)
Brand Name: Hemabate

Carboprost is used for:

Ending pregnancy in certain women. It is also used to control bleeding after childbirth. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Carboprost is a uterine stimulant. It works by increasing uterine contractions, which helps to stimulate labor and reduce blood loss after the baby is delivered.

Do NOT use carboprost if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in carboprost
  • you have pelvic inflammatory disease
  • you have active heart, lung, kidney, or liver problems

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

Before using carboprost:

Some medical conditions may interact with carboprost. 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
  • if you have a history of asthma; low or high blood pressure; heart, liver, or kidney problems; anemia; diabetes; seizures (eg, epilepsy); or yellowing of the skin or eyes
  • if you have a scarred uterus
  • if you are receiving other uterine stimulants

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with carboprost. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:

  • Oxytocin or other medicines to induce labor because they may increase the risk of carboprost's side effects

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if carboprost 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 carboprost:

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

  • Carboprost is given as an injection at your doctor's office, hospital, or clinic.
  • You should receive carboprost only under direct medical supervision by a doctor experienced in the use of carboprost.
  • Your doctor may give you medicine before or during treatment with carboprost to help lessen nausea and diarrhea.
  • If you miss a dose of carboprost, contact your doctor right away.

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

Important safety information:

  • Carboprost may cause dizziness. This effect may be worse if you take it with alcohol or certain medicines. Use carboprost with caution. Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to it.
  • Tell your doctor or dentist that you take carboprost before you receive any medical or dental care, emergency care, or surgery.
  • Lab tests, including pelvic exams and blood pressure, may be performed while you use carboprost. These tests may be used to monitor your condition or check for side effects. Be sure to keep all doctor and lab appointments.
  • Carboprost should be used with extreme caution in CHILDREN; safety and effectiveness in children have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: Carboprost has been shown to cause harm to the fetus. It is not known if this medicine is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use carboprost, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of carboprost:

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:

Diarrhea; flushing; nausea; stomach pain or cramping; vomiting.

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

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing or swallowing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, throat, or tongue; unusual hoarseness); chest pain; fainting; fast, slow, or irregular heartbeat; fever, chills, or persistent sore throat; heavy vaginal bleeding; severe or persistent dizziness, light-headedness, or headache; severe or persistent nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea; severe stomach or pelvic pain; shortness of breath; unusual tiredness or weakness; vision changes.

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 carboprost:

Carboprost is handled and stored by a health care provider. Keep carboprost out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about carboprost, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Carboprost 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 carboprost 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 carboprost. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to carboprost. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your health care provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using carboprost.

Review Date: November 3, 2016

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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