506 magnesium sulfate, medroxyprogesterone acetate, methyl ergonovine
Magnesium sulfate is the best medicine to prevent convulsions in pregnant women with eclampsia.
In what forms
or 50% solution.
and when to
Inject 10 g into muscle.
not take this
Women with kidney
problems should not
be given this drug.
Only use this drug if a woman’s
blood pressure is over 160/110. After
giving, continue to check her blood
pressure. Too much of this medicine
can slow down or stop her breathing!
that may work
Injecting a large amount
needs a big needle and
may be uncomfortable.
You might want to split
the dose in half and
give 2 smaller shots,
one in each hip.
Sweating, low blood
For convulsions: diazepam
(Amen, Curretab, Cycrin, Depo-Provera, Megestron, Provera)
Medroxyprogesterone acetate is a chemical form of progesterone, a hormone produced naturally in a woman’s body.
It can be used to treat irregular bleeding caused by changing hormones, especially around the time of menopause. For
more information, see Chapter 8 “Growing Older.” For family planning, see Chapter 13.
In what forms does this
2.5, 5, or 10 mg
Liquid for injection:
150 or 400 mg per ml
not take this
Women with hepatitis,
or cancer of the breast
or cervix should not
take this medicine.
How much and
when to take
For heavy bleeding:
Take 10 mg once a day for
10 days. If bleeding continues,
take for 10 more days.
If bleeding continues after 20 days
of treatment, see a health worker.
It could be a serious problem.
methyl ergonovine (Methergine)
Methyl ergonovine causes contractions of the womb and its blood vessels and is used to control heavy
bleeding after childbirth. It is the same drug as ergometrine and ergonovine. See ergometrine, page 500.
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