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Phytonadione

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Uses
Dosing
Safety
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Notes

    Related terms
    • Brand Names: U.S.: Mephyton®
    • Brand Names: Canada: AquaMEPHYTON®;Konakion;Mephyton®
    • Mexican Brand Names: Konakion MM
    • Pharmacologic Category: Vitamin, Fat Soluble

    Uses
    • It is often given to newborn babies.
    • It is used to help growth and good health.
    • It is used to replace low vitamin K.
    • Vitamin K may be a diet aid that is needed in patients who have trouble taking in fat-soluble vitamins.
    • It is used to stop and treat bleeding.
    • Phytonadione works in the liver to stop bleeding.
    • It helps you get needed nutrients in your diet.

    Dosing

    How to take

    • Oral:
    • Take with or without food. Take with food if it causes an upset stomach.
    • There is a liquid (suspension) if you cannot swallow pills. Shake well before use.
    • Those who have feeding tubes may also use the liquid. Flush the feeding tube before and after this drug is given.
    • Shot:
    • It is given as a shot into a vein or into the fatty part of the skin.

    Missed Dose

    • Take a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
    • If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
    • Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.

    Storage

    • Store tablets at room temperature.
    • Protect tablets from light.
    • Store liquid (suspension) in a refrigerator. Throw away any part not used after 3 days.
    • The shot will be given to you in a hospital or doctor's office. You will not store it at home.

    Safety



    Warnings

    • Shot: Risky allergic effects may rarely happen.

    Avoid

    • If you have an allergy to phytonadione (vitamin k) or any other part of this drug.
    • Tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs. Make sure to tell about the allergy and what signs you had. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
    • If you have any of these health problems: Glucose-6-phosphate deficiency or liver disease.

    Precautions

    • Have your blood work checked often. Talk with your doctor.
    • If you are taking a blood thinner, have your blood work checked. Talk with your doctor.
    • Check all drugs you are taking with your doctor. This drug may not mix well with some other drugs.
    • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant.
    • Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding.

    Side Effects

    • Short-term pain after use.
    • Belly pain.
    • Bad taste in your mouth. This most often goes back to normal.
    • Flushing. Wearing layers of clothes or summer clothes and staying in cool places may help.

    Contact a healthcare provider

    • If you think there was an overdose, call your local poison control center or ER right away.
    • Signs of a very bad reaction to the drug. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.
    • Pinpoint red spots on your skin.
    • Any bruising or bleeding.
    • Any rash.
    • Health problem is not better or you are feeling worse.

    General Statements

    • If you have a very bad allergy, wear an allergy ID at all times.
    • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
    • Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
    • Most drugs may be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.
    • In Canada, take any unused drugs to the pharmacy. Also, visit http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/iyh-vsv/med/disposal-defaire-eng.php#th to learn about the right way to get rid of unused drugs.
    • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
    • Call your doctor for help with any side effects. If in the U.S., you may also call the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or if in Canada, you may also call Health Canada's Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.
    • Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including OTC, natural products, or vitamins.

    Author information
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    The information in this monograph is intended for informational purposes only, and is meant to help users better understand health concerns. Information is based on review of scientific research data, historical practice patterns, and clinical experience. This information should not be interpreted as specific medical advice. Users should consult with a qualified healthcare provider for specific questions regarding therapies, diagnosis and/or health conditions, prior to making therapeutic decisions.

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