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.

ERGONOVINE MALEATE - ORAL

(er-GO-no-veen MAL-ee-ate)

USES: This medication increases uterine contractions resulting in decreased uterine bleeding. It is used to treat or prevent uterine bleeding. It has also been used to treat migraine headaches.

HOW TO USE: Take this medication by mouth as directed, usually 2 to 4 times a day for 2 days. Tablets may be swallowed whole or placed under the tongue to dissolve. Take this medication exactly as directed. Do not increase the dose, take it more often or continue taking this for longer than prescribed.

SIDE EFFECTS: Stomach upset, stomach cramps, nausea, headache, dizziness or ringing in the ears may occur. If any of these effects continue or become bothersome, inform your doctor. Notify your doctor immediately if you develop: chest pain, shortness of breath, a rapid or pounding heartbeat, vomiting, tingling or numbness of the fingers or toes, mental confusion. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

PRECAUTIONS: Tell your doctor if you have: heart problems, kidney disease, liver disease, high blood pressure, blood circulation trouble, allergies (especially drug allergies). This medication is not recommended for use during pregnancy. Consult your doctor for details. Ergonovine maleate passes into breast milk and may harm a nursing infant. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

DRUG INTERACTIONS: Tell your doctor of any over-the-counter or prescription medication you may take. 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: Your vital signs and condition will be monitored closely while taking this medication to determine the effectiveness and to prevent side effects.

MISSED DOSE: If you miss a dose, take it as soon as remembered; do not take it if it is near the 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.

STORAGE: Store at room temperature between 59 and 86 degrees F (between 15 and 30 degrees C) away from heat and light. Do not store in the bathroom.

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