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Generic name: Ergonovine [ er-goe-NOE-veen ]
Drug class: Uterotonic agents

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jun 22, 2022.


  • If you have heart disease, talk with your doctor.
  • High blood pressure has happened with ergonovine. Have your blood pressure checked as you have been told by your doctor.
  • Death of body tissue (gangrene) and other effects have happened with use of ergonovine for a long time. If you have questions, talk with your doctor.
  • Do not use ergonovine for longer than you were told by your doctor.

Uses of Ergonovine:

  • It is used to stop or treat bleeding that happens after a birth or an abortion.

What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Ergonovine?

  • If you have an allergy to ergonovine or any other part of ergonovine.
  • If you are allergic to ergonovine; any part of ergonovine; or any other drugs, foods, or substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had.
  • If you have any of these health problems: High blood pressure or toxemia.
  • If you are in labor or at risk for a miscarriage.
  • If you have not had your baby.
  • If you are taking certain drugs to treat HIV.
  • If you are breast-feeding. Do not breast-feed while you take ergonovine.

This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with ergonovine.

Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take ergonovine with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.

What are some things I need to know or do while I take Ergonovine?

  • Tell all of your health care providers that you take ergonovine. This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.

How is this medicine (Ergonovine) best taken?

Use ergonovine as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.

  • This medicine is most often given as a shot into a muscle.
  • Rarely, it will be given into a vein.

What do I do if I miss a dose?

  • Call your doctor to find out what to do.

What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?

WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:

  • Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
  • Signs of high blood pressure like very bad headache or dizziness, passing out, or change in eyesight.
  • Chest pain or pressure.
  • Hallucinations (seeing or hearing things that are not there).
  • A heartbeat that does not feel normal.
  • Slow heartbeat.
  • Shortness of breath.
  • Any skin change.
  • Ringing in ears.
  • Blood in the urine.

What are some other side effects of Ergonovine?

All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:

  • Dizziness.
  • Headache.
  • Upset stomach or throwing up.
  • Diarrhea.
  • Belly pain.
  • Bad taste in your mouth.
  • Sweating a lot.
  • Irritation where ergonovine is given.

These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.

You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-332-1088. You may also report side effects at

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

How do I store and/or throw out Ergonovine?

  • If you need to store ergonovine at home, talk with your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist about how to store it.

Consumer information use

  • If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
  • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
  • Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Throw away unused or expired drugs. Do not flush down a toilet or pour down a drain unless you are told to do so. Check with your pharmacist if you have questions about the best way to throw out drugs. There may be drug take-back programs in your area.
  • Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. Check with your pharmacist. If you have any questions about ergonovine, please talk with your doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

Further information

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