IMPORTANT NOTE: The following information is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacist or other healthcare professional. It should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. Consult your healthcare professional before using this drug.

ERGOLOID MESYLATES - ORAL

(ER-go-loyd MESS-ill-ates)

COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Gerimal, Hydergine

USES: This medication is used to increase blood flow to the brain and treat changes in mood, memory or behavior.

HOW TO USE: Take this medication exactly as prescribed. Do not increase your dose or take it for longer than prescribed without consulting your doctor. It may take several weeks before you see any improvement from the medication. Do not stop taking this medication without your doctor's approval.

SIDE EFFECTS: Notify your doctor if you develop: skin rash, blurred vision, dizziness, fainting, flushing, headache, loss of appetite, nausea or vomiting, stomach cramps, stuffy or runny nose. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

PRECAUTIONS: Tell your doctor your medical history, especially of: blood pressure problems, heart problems, behavioral problems, liver disease, allergies. This medication should be used only when clearly needed during pregnancy. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. It is not known if this medication is excreted into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

DRUG INTERACTIONS: Tell your doctor of all prescription and nonprescription drugs you may use, especially of: nitrates (e.g., isosorbide, nitroglycerin), dopamine, macrolide antibiotics (e.g., erythromycin), efavirenz, saquinavir, triptan drugs (e.g., naratriptan, sumatriptan). Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.

OVERDOSE: If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately.

NOTES: Do not share this medication with others.

MISSED DOSE: If you miss a dose, take as soon as remembered; do not take if it is almost time for the next dose, instead, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not "double-up" the dose to catch up. Check with your doctor if 2 or more doses have been missed.

STORAGE: Store at room temperature away from sunlight and moisture. Keep oral solution from freezing.

MEDICAL ALERT: Your condition can cause complications in a medical emergency. For enrollment information call MedicAlert at 1-800-854-1166 (USA), or 1-800-668-1507 (Canada).

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