GENERIC NAME: METYRAPONE - ORAL (me-TIR-a-pone)
BRAND NAME(S): Metopirone
USES: Normally the pituitary gland in your brain sends signals to your adrenal glands to make a natural substance called cortisol. Cortisol is important for keeping your body functioning well and for good health. Metyrapone is used to test if your pituitary gland is sending the proper signals to your adrenal glands.
HOW TO USE: Take this medication by mouth with milk or a snack as directed by your doctor.If you are directed to use the single-dose test, take your dose of metyrapone at midnight. Early the next morning, your doctor will take a blood sample from you.If you are directed to use the multiple-dose test, take this medication exactly at the times recommended by your doctor. For one day, several days before taking this medication, you will need to collect all your urine for a 24-hour period for testing, and then again on the day after you take this medication.It is important to take this medication as directed to assure proper test results.
SIDE EFFECTS: Nausea, upset stomach, headache, dizziness, or drowsiness may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor promptly.Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.In the US -Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.
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