Generic Name: Ziconotide (zi KOE no tide)
Brand Name: Prialt
Medically reviewed on September 5, 2018
- Very bad mental or mood problems may happen with ziconotide. Do not use ziconotide if you have ever had psychosis. Call your doctor right away if you have confusion, hallucinations (seeing or hearing things that are not there), memory problems or loss, speech problems, change in mood, or change in being alert. Tell your doctor right away if you have thoughts of suicide.
Uses of Ziconotide:
- It is used to ease pain.
What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Ziconotide?
- If you have an allergy to ziconotide or any other part of ziconotide.
- If you are allergic to any drugs like this one, any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
- If you have any of these health problems: Bleeding problems, infection where the shot will be given, or a spine problem.
- If you have ever had any mental problems.
- If you are breast-feeding or plan to breast-feed.
This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with ziconotide.
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 ziconotide 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 Ziconotide?
- Tell all of your health care providers that you take ziconotide. This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
- Avoid driving and doing other tasks or actions that call for you to be alert until you see how ziconotide affects you.
- Have blood work checked as you have been told by the doctor. Talk with the doctor.
- Talk with your doctor before you drink alcohol or use other drugs and natural products that slow your actions.
- If you are 65 or older, use ziconotide with care. You could have more side effects.
- Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using ziconotide while you are pregnant.
How is this medicine (Ziconotide) best taken?
Use ziconotide as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.
- It is given into the spine.
What do I do if I miss a dose?
- Call your doctor to find out what to do.
See also: Dosage Information (in more detail)
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 low mood (depression), thoughts of killing yourself, nervousness, emotional ups and downs, thinking that is not normal, anxiety, or lack of interest in life.
- Signs of meningitis like headache with fever, stiff neck, upset stomach, confusion, or if lights bother your eyes.
- Change in balance.
- Very upset stomach or throwing up.
- Feeling sluggish.
- Trouble speaking.
- Muscle pain or weakness.
- Muscle cramps.
- Muscle spasm.
- Dark urine.
- Not able to control eye movements.
- Change in eyesight.
- Trouble walking.
- Trouble passing urine.
- A fast heartbeat.
- A heartbeat that does not feel normal.
- Feeling very tired or weak.
- Skin ulcers.
- Very bad skin irritation.
- Some people have gotten pneumonia when taking ziconotide. Sometimes, this has been deadly. Call your doctor right away if you have fever, chest pain, cough, shortness of breath, or wheezing.
What are some other side effects of Ziconotide?
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:
- Feeling sleepy.
- Upset stomach or throwing up.
- Loose stools (diarrhea).
- Feeling tired or weak.
- Not hungry.
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-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.
See also: Side effects (in more detail)
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 Ziconotide?
- If you need to store ziconotide 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 a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
- Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
- 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 ziconotide, 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.
Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.
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- Drug class: miscellaneous analgesics
Other brands: Prialt