GENERIC NAME: MILRINONE LACTATE - INJECTION (MILL-rih-nohn)
BRAND NAME(S): Primacor
HOW TO USE: This medication is given by injection into a vein. You will be monitored closely by means of regular doctor visits and routine laboratory tests to ensure the effectiveness and safety of this medication.
SIDE EFFECTS: This medication is generally well tolerated. Headache, chest pain and a slight fever have been reported as a result of this medication. If these effects persist or worsen, inform your doctor promptly. Contact your doctor immediately if you experience: irregular heartbeat. An allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include: rash, itching, swelling, dizziness, trouble breathing. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
PRECAUTIONS: This medication should not be used if you have certain medical conditions. Before using this medicine, consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have: heart valve disease (e.g., aortic or pulmonic valvular disease). Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: irregular heartbeat, mineral imbalance (low potassium blood level), certain other serious heart disease (e.g., hypertrophic subaortic stenosis), kidney disease, any allergies. This medication should be used only if clearly needed during pregnancy. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. It is not known if this medication is found in breast milk. 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. US residents can call the US national poison hotline at 1-800-222-1222. Canadian residents should call their local poison control center directly. Symptoms of overdose may include severe dizziness.
NOTES: An oral form of this medication has been under study but does not show as great a benefit as does the injectable form.
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 as directed away from heat and light.
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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