Asked in Women's HealthMiscarriagesAlternative Medicine
What is methergine?
March 28, 2008 2:47AM
Methergine is used to cause the uterus to contract in order to stop or lessen uterine bleeding after the birth of a baby, after an abortion, or for other reasons as your doctor sees neccessary.
Asked in Pregnancy Tests, Miscarriages
You took methergine a month ago now showing 6 positive pregnancy test?
Methergine is not a contraceptive or abortion pill and if you are pregnant now after taking it a month ago, you might not even have been pregnant then so no harm to the fetus. Or you were pregnant but no harm has been done.I also hope you were given the meds by a doctor since Methergine should not be taken without supervision. See links below.
Asked in Warrants
What signs in the postpartum client warrant withholding Methergine until discussed with the healthcare provider?
Asked in Women's Health
How long does it take for methergine to start working?
Asked in Health, Migraine Headaches
Can methergine be used for migraine headaches?
Yes, but it's a pretty old drug that has mostly (but not entirely) been superseded by chemically related drugs called "triptans". Methergine hailed originally from the laboratories of the great Swiss pharmaceutical company, Sandoz. It is chemically related to lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), which itself was a hypothetical anti-migraine agent.
Asked in Pregnancy
What is the effect of methergine to a pregnant mother?
Methylergometrine is a blood vessel constrictor and smooth muscle agonist most commonly used to prevent or control excessive bleeding following childbirth and spontaneous or elective abortion. It also causes uterine contractions to aid in expulsion of retained products of conception after a missed abortion (miscarriage in which all or part of the fetus remains in the uterus) and to help deliver the placenta after childbirth.
What type of drug is methergen?
Methergine® (methylergonovine maleate) is a semi-synthetic ergot alkaloid.This medication is used to stop excessive uterine bleeding after childbirth or after early discontinuation of pregnancy. Methylergometrine/Methylergonovine is used for the prevention and control of excessive bleeding following childbirth. This medicine is also used to help deliver the placenta after childbirth. It is in a group of drugs called ergot alkaloids. Know more internationaldrugmart.com/methylergometrine-methylergonovine.shtml
What is minimum hemoglobin value during 36th week of pregnancy for normal delivery?
Whatever your hemoglobin level a normal vaginal delivery means you lose far less blood than an operative delivery so there is no minimum. If you are talking about delivery at home with a midwife, she/he would probably want back-up if your hemoglobin was below 10 g/dl. A lot depends on your previous obstetric history and the person doing the delivery. We put women on vitamins with Iron to prevent anemia, and sometimes must give extra Iron in order for her to produce enough red blood cells. The above answer states that there is less blood loss with a vaginal delivery than with a C-Section. This is not always true, in medicine you can never say never, and never say always. I have seen many women who lost almost no blood during a C-Section and have seen many who lost signiicant blood with a normal vaginal delivery. This is one of the risks of a home delivery, if you do have serious bleeding Pitocin can be given (in the muscle, in the vein, or directly into the uterus) to control the bleeding, but this is only available in the hospital setting. If you are anemic and have a significant blood loss, it is obviously more risky than someone with a normal hemoglobin. Many women have a normal, uneventful delivery at home or in the hospital, but for that 1% that have complications, the time it takes to get to the hospital for the proper treatment can be an eternity. Hemoglobin lower than 10.5 in early pregnancy is of more concern than in the third trimester. Low hemoglobin and hematocrit results in early pregnancy reflect true anemia and can indicate increased risk of preterm birth and other complications. Lower than prepregnant H/H counts in the third trimester can be an indicator of the normal hemodolution of pregnancy. In fact, if this hemodilution doesn't occur, there is an increased risk of of low birth weight babies and preterm birth. A hematocrit of 33-34% is normal at term and is the "just right" point between the two extremes. (See Obstetric and Gynelogic Emergencies edited by Pearlman, Tintinalli & Dyne.) As for the safety of home birth, your midwife should help you figure out which type of anemia, if any, is affecting you. Iron-deficiency anemia is the most common, followed by folic acid deficiency anemia. She may counsel you to try nutritional fixes including more iron-rich foods with vitamin C-rich foods, iron-rich herbal infusions and tinctures and folic acid supplementation and alternative forms of iron supplementation such as Floradix, especially if you have mild anemia. Your homebirth midwife should have tools and tricks of the trade ready in case of hemorrhage. In California, for example, midwives may use Pitocin, methergine, shepherd's purse and other herbal remedies. Please discuss your concerns with your midwife and don't let fear of rare complications rule your birth.