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Prialt is a prescription medicine that a doctor injects into your spinal fluid through a special device. It is used to treat severe chronic pain in adults who cannot take other treatments or when other treatments have not worked. Other treatments include systemic pain medicines, treatments used in combination with pain medicines, or morphine injected into the spinal fluid.
The safety and effectiveness of Prialt in pediatric patients has not been established.
Side Effects of Prialt
Prialt can cause serious problems that you should tell your doctor or health care professional about immediately such as:
- Severe Psychiatric Symptoms or Neurological Impairment including changes in mood or perception (hallucinations, including unusual sensations in the mouth and throat), changes and slowing in thinking, depression or suicidal thoughts, confusion, memory impairment, speech disorder, or inability to eat.
- Unconsciousness or Reduced Mental Alertness indicated by changes in mental status (tiredness, confusion, disorientation, or decreased alertness). Some people have lost consciousness while being treated with Prialt. It may not be safe for you to engage in hazardous activity requiring complete mental alertness or motor coordination such as operating machinery or driving a motor vehicle during treatment.
- Meningitis or Other Infections indicated by signs and symptoms that include but are not limited to fever, headache, stiff neck, altered mental status (tiredness, confusion, disorientation or decreased alertness), nausea or vomiting, and sometimes seizures.
- Serious muscle damage. Your doctor should regularly monitor you for muscle damage by doing a blood test to check foran increase in Serum Creatine Kinase (CK). Increased CK levels in the blood may mean there is damage to your muscles. High levels of CK in the blood can damage your kidneys. Call your doctor right away if you have new muscle pain, soreness, weakness, or your urine is dark in color.
- The most common side effects with Prialt are dizziness, nausea, confusion, headache, sleepiness, problems with vision, weakness, and pain.
Who Should Not Take Prialt
You should not be given Prialt if you:
- are allergic to Prialt or any ingredient in it.
- have a condition or are receiving a treatment that would cause an injection in your spinal fluid to be unsafe.
- have or had a mental illness called psychosis.
- have an infection at the device injection site, uncontrolled bleeding problems, or a blockage in your spinal cord area.
Interactions with Prialt
Prialt and certain other medicines can interact and cause serious side effects. Tell your doctor or healthcare professional about all the medicines you take, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Your doctor may have to adjust your dose of Prialt or watch you more closely if you take other medicines that affect your nervous system.
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