Highlights for ziconotide
ziconotide Side Effects
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
- allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
- changes in vision
- confusion, agitation, changes in mental ability
- dark urine
- feeling faint or lightheaded, falls
- fever, headache and/or stiff neck
- memory problems
- muscle pain or weakness
- nausea, vomiting
- problems with balance, talking, walking
- suicidal thoughts or other mood changes
- trouble passing urine or change in the amount of urine
- unusually weak or tired
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
- clumsiness, unsteadiness
- dizziness, drowsiness
- loss of appetite
- nervous or restless
- trouble sleeping
ziconotide May Interact with Other Medications
- other medicines that cause drowsiness
How to Use ziconotide
This medicine is for injection into the space around the spinal cord. It is given by a special implanted pump under the supervision of a doctor or health care professional. You will be taught how to use your pump.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
- blood disease, bleeding disorders or problems, hemophilia or aneurysm
- depression, psychosis, thoughts of suicide or past suicide attempts, or other mental health problems
- spinal canal blockage
- an unusual or allergic reaction to ziconotide, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
- pregnant or trying to get pregnant
This does not apply. Your healthcare professional will schedule refills of your medication pump as needed. It is important not to miss your appointments. Call your doctor or health care professional if you are unable to keep an appointment.
Tell your doctor or health care professional if your pain does not go away, if it gets worse, or if you have new or a different type of pain. You may need blood work done while you are taking this medicine.
You may get drowsy or dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how this medicine affects you. Do not stand or sit up quickly, especially if you are an older patient. This reduces the risk of dizzy or fainting spells. Alcohol may interfere with the effect of this medicine. Avoid alcoholic drinks.
This drug is given in a hospital or clinic and will not be stored at home.
Last Updated: September 15, 2009