Prialt

Generic Name: Ziconotide

  • What is Prialt?

    Prialt is a pain medicine that is used intrathecally (injection into the space around the spine) to treat severe long-term pain when other medications do not work.

  • What is the most important information I should know about Prialt?

    Prialt can cause severe psychiatric symptoms. Your doctor will not administer Prialt if you have a past or present psychiatric condition. Tell your doctor if you experience a change in your mental status (such as fatigue, confusion, disorientation, or decreased alertness), a change in mood or perception (such as hallucinations, unusual sensations in your mouth), or symptoms of depression or suicidal thoughts.

    Prialt can cause brain or spinal cord inflammation. Tell your doctor if you experience nausea, vomiting, seizures, fever, headache, and/or stiff neck.

  • Who should not take Prialt?

    Your doctor will not adminster Prialt if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.

    Your doctor will not administer Prialt if you have a history of psychiatric conditions, or if you have bleeding, infection, or an obstruction in your spinal cord.

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Prialt?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Prialt. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you currently have or have a history of psychiatric conditions, have a brain or spinal cord infection, or are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.

    Adults: Your doctor will administer the appropriate dose for you as an injection into the space around your spine.

  • How should I take Prialt?

    Your doctor will administer Prialt to you.

  • What should I avoid while taking Prialt?

    Do not drive, operate heavy machinery, or do other dangerous activities while using Prialt. Prialt can make you sleepy and cause you to feel dizzy or lightheaded. This may affect your ability to think and react. Ask your doctor when it is okay to do these activities.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Prialt?

    If Prialt is used with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is important to check with your doctor before combining Prialt with any other medication.

  • What are the possible side effects of Prialt?

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

    Side effects may include: blurred vision, confusion, constipation, diarrhea, difficulty walking, dizziness, drowsiness, headache, heartburn, memory impairment, nausea, spinning feeling, vomiting, weakness

  • Can I receive Prialt if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of Prialt during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Prialt?

    Prialt should be given under special circumstances determined by your doctor.

  • How should I store Prialt?

    Your doctor will store this medication for you.