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MEPTAZINOL

Brand Name(s) : Meptid
Warnings
Uses
Side Effects
Precautions
Interactions
Overdose

MEPTAZINOL WARNINGS

Meptazinol should be used with caution in:

It should not be used in:

  • allergy to the active ingredient or to any of the ingredients
  • a tumour of the adrenal gland (phaeochromocytoma)
  • alcohol-related problems
  • have or you are at risk of getting paralysis of the gut (intestine) known as paralytic ileus
  • head injury, or build-up of pressure in the head (raised intracranial pressure)
  • problems breathing
  • an asthma attack.
  • people taking medicines known as monoamine-oxidase inhibitors (MOAIs) and for 14 days after discontinuing a MAOI

Also see list of precautions and interactions

STORAGE

Do not store above 25°C.

MEPTAZINOL USES

What is it used for?

  • Meptazinol is used to relieve pain.
  • Meptazinol belongs to a group of medicines known as opioid analgesics, which are used to relieve pain.
  • It is an opioid analgesic, sometimes known as a painkiller.
  • In general this drug is used in the treatment of moderate to severe pain.

Listed below are the typical uses of meptazinol.

  • The treatment of moderate to severe pain, including post-operative pain, pain during childbirth and the pain of renalcolic (injection).
  • The short term treatment of moderate pain (tablets).

HOW TO USE/TAKE

How often do I take it?

  • Take one tablet medication by mouth usually every four hours.
  • Your doctor will give you the injection, which can be repeated every 2-4 hours as necessary.
  • Use this medication for the duration of the prescription in order to get the most benefit from it.
  • Remember to use it at the same time each day - unless specifically told otherwise by your doctor.
  • It may take up to an hour before the full benefit of this drug takes effect, especially when it is taken by mouth.
  • Certain medical conditions may require different dosage instructions as directed by your doctor.

What dose?

  • Dosage is based on your age, gender, medical condition, response to therapy, and use of certain interacting medicines.

Do I need to avoid anything?

  • If this product makes you dizzy or drowsy, you should not drive or operate machinery. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more details.

When can I stop?

  • Always complete the full course as prescribed by your doctor.

MEPTAZINOL SIDE EFFECTS

If any of these persist or you consider them severe then inform your doctor or pharmacist.

Tell your doctor immediately if you develop any of the following symptoms:

  • no specific major side effects known, see also symptoms of a serious allergic reaction below.

Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.

A serious allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction include: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), 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.

The Yellow Card Scheme allows you to report suspected side effects from any type of medicine (which includes vaccines, herbals and over the counter medicines) that you are taking. It is run by the medicines safety watchdog called the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory agency (MHRA). Please report any suspected side effect on the Yellow Card Scheme website.

MEPTAZINOL PRECAUTIONS

Before taking meptazinol, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to other opioid analgesic; or if you have any other allergies.

This medication should not be used if you have certain medical conditions. Before using this medicine, consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have:

  • allergy to the active ingredient or to any of the ingredients,
  • a tumour of the adrenal gland (phaeochromocytoma),
  • alcohol-related problems,
  • have or you are at risk of getting paralysis of the gut (intestine) known as paralytic ileus
  • head injury, or build-up of pressure in the head (raised intracranial pressure)
  • problems breathing.
  • an asthma attack.
  • people taking medicines known as monoamine-oxidase inhibitors (MOAIs) and for 14 days after discontinuing a MAOI

Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially any of the following:

  • respiratory problems
  • kidney problems
  • liver problems
  • low blood pressure
  • hypothyroidism
  • asthma (avoid during an attack)
  • an under-active thyroid gland (hypothyroidism)
  • enlarged prostate gland
  • fits or seizures (convulsive disorder)
  • pain due to a heart attack

Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist that you are taking this medication.

Does alcohol intake affect this drug?

  • Avoid taking alcohol with this medicine as it may make you feel especially dizzy and sleepy.

The elderly: meptazinol can be used in the elderly.

Pregnancy and breastfeeding - please ensure you read the detailed information below

PREGNANCY

Meptazinol is not safe to take if you are, or are planning to become, pregnant.

It is sensible to limit use of medication during pregnancy whenever possible. However, your doctor may decide that the benefits outweigh the risks in individual circumstances and after a careful assessment of your specific health situation.

If you have any doubts or concerns you are advised to discuss the medicine with your doctor or pharmacist.

BREAST FEEDING

Meptazinol is not safe to take if you are breastfeeding.

If you have any doubts or concerns you are advised to discuss the medicine with your doctor or pharmacist.

MEPTAZINOL INTERACTIONS

Your doctor or pharmacist may already be aware of any possible drug interactions and may be monitoring you for them. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with them first.

This drug should not be used with the following medications because very serious, possibly fatal interactions may occur: monoamine-oxidase inhibitors (MOAIs) and for 14 days after stopping a MAOI.

Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all prescription and non-prescription/herbal products you may use, especially of:

  • monoamine-oxidase inhibitors,
  • tricyclic antidepressants,
  • antipsychotics such as chlorpromazine,
  • ritonavir,
  • quinolones (e.g. ciprofloxacin),
  • anxiolytics,
  • diazepam,
  • nitrazepam,
  • metoclopramide,
  • ciprofloxacin
  • domperidone,
  • cimetidine.

This information does not contain all possible interactions. Therefore, before using meptazinol, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all the products you use.

MEPTAZINOL OVERDOSE

An overdose of meptazinol may cause breathing difficulties such as slow or shallow breathing.

If you think you, or someone you care for, might have accidentally taken more than the recommended dose of meptazinol or intentional overdose is suspected, immediately contact your local hospital, GP or if in England call 111. In Scotland call NHS 24. In Wales, call NHS Direct Wales. In the case of medical emergencies, always dial 999.

MISSED DOSE

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not double the dose to catch up.

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