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Last Updated 02 Apr 2013

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Konakion MM 10mg/1ml solution for injection ampoules

Konakion (Kon-ak-ee-on) is a medicine which is used in vitamin K deficiency. Konakion contains phytomenadione. It is supplied by Roche Products Limited.

The information in this Medicine Guide for Konakion varies according to the condition being treated and the particular preparation used.

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Konakion MM 10mg/1ml solution for injection ampoules

Information specific to Konakion MM 10mg/1ml solution for injection ampoules when used in vitamin K deficiency

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Your medicine

Konakion is a type of vitamin K. Vitamin K is essential for blood clotting. People who do not have enough vitamin K are at increased risk of excessive bleeding. People who have taken too much of their coumarin anticoagulant medication such as warfarin, are also at increased risk of excessive bleeding. Konakion is given to treat or prevent excessive bleeding in people who do not have enough vitamin K or who have taken too much coumarin anticoagulant medication.

Konakion is usually given to you by a healthcare professional. The person responsible for giving you your medicine will make sure that you get the right dose.

If you feel that the medicine is making you unwell or you do not think it is working, then talk to your prescriber or someone involved in your medical care.

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When to take your medicine

The person with responsibility for giving you your medicine will make sure that you have your medicine at the prescribed times.

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How to take your medicine

This medicine will be given to you as an injection. If you have any concerns about this medicine or how this will be given to you, talk to someone who is involved in your medical care.

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Taking too much of your medicine

Having extra doses of some medicines can be harmful. In some cases even one extra dose can cause you problems.

In the case of Konakion, the person who is responsible for giving you your medicine will make sure that you are given the correct dose.

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Stopping your medicine

The person in charge of your care will make the decision about when you should stop this medicine. If you experience any problems while having this medicine, talk to someone who is involved in your medical care.

If you have any questions about this medicine, talk to someone who is involved in your medical care.

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Looking after your medicine

As Konakion will be given to you as an injection, it will usually be stored by the medical team.

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Whether this medicine is suitable for you

Konakion is not suitable for everyone and some people should never use it. Other people should only use it with special care. It is important that the person prescribing this medicine knows your full medical history.

Your prescriber may only prescribe this medicine with special care or may not prescribe it at all if you:

Furthermore the prescriber may only prescribe this medicine with special care or may not prescribe it at all for a child under one year of age.

As part of the process of assessing suitability to take this medicine a prescriber may also arrange tests:

  • to check that this medicine is having the desired effect

While you are being treated with Konakion you will be continuously assessed and monitored by a member of the medical team.

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Side-effects

A medicine is only made available to the public if the clinical trials have shown that the benefits of taking the medicine outweigh the risks.

Once a medicine has been licensed, information on the medicine's effects, both intended and unintended, is continuously recorded and updated.

Some side-effects may be serious while others may only be a mild inconvenience.

Everyone's reaction to a medicine is different. It is difficult to predict which side-effects you will have from taking a particular medicine, or whether you will have any side-effects at all. The important thing is to tell your prescriber or pharmacist if you are having problems with your medicine.

The frequency of these side-effects is unknown:

If you feel unwell or if you have concerns about a side-effect, tell the person looking after you immediately.

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Taking other medicines

If you are taking more than one medicine they may interact with each other. At times your prescriber may decide to use medicines that interact, in other cases this may not be appropriate.

The decision to use medicines that interact depends on your specific circumstances. Your prescriber may decide to use medicines that interact, if it is believed that the benefits of taking the medicines together outweigh the risks. In such cases, it may be necessary to alter your dose or monitor you more closely.

Tell your prescriber the names of all the medicines that you are taking so that they can consider all possible interactions. This includes all the medicines which have been prescribed by your GP, hospital doctor, dentist, nurse, health visitor, midwife or pharmacist. You must also tell your prescriber about medicines which you have bought over the counter without prescriptions.

The following medicines may interact with Konakion:

The following types of medicine may interact with Konakion:

If you are taking Konakion and one of the above medicines or types of medicines, make sure your prescriber knows about it.

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Complementary preparations and vitamins

Medicines can interact with complementary preparations and vitamins. In general, there is not much information available about interactions between medicines and complementary preparations or vitamins.

If you are planning to take or are already taking any complementary preparations and vitamins you should ask your prescriber whether there are any known interactions with Konakion.

Your prescriber can advise whether it is appropriate for you to take combinations that are known to interact. They can also discuss with you the possible effect that the complementary preparations and vitamins may have on your condition.

If you experience any unusual effects while taking this medicine in combination with complementary preparations and vitamins, you should tell your prescriber.

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Driving and operating machinery

When taking any medicine you should be aware that it might interfere with your ability to drive or operate machinery safely.

In the case of Konakion:

  • as this medicine is only normally used in hospitals, its impact on someone driving or operating machinery may not be relevant
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Diet

Medicines can interact with certain foods. In some cases, this may be harmful and your prescriber may advise you to avoid certain foods.

In the case of Konakion:

  • there are no specific foods that you must exclude from your diet when having Konakion
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Alcohol

Alcohol can interact with certain medicines.

In the case of Konakion:

  • there are no known interactions between alcohol and Konakion
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Family planning and pregnancy

Most medicines, in some way, can affect the development of a baby in the womb. The effect on the baby differs between medicines and also depends on the stage of pregnancy that you have reached when you take the medicine.

Your doctor will give you this medicine during pregnancy only after careful consideration has been given to the risks and the benefits to you and your baby.

For more information, talk to someone who is involved in your medical care.

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Breast-feeding

Certain medicines can pass into breast milk and may reach your baby through breast-feeding.

Your doctor will weigh up the overall risks and benefits of you having this medicine in situations where there is no opportunity to discuss it with you. If you have been given this medicine and want more information, talk to your doctor.

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Ingredients of your medicine

Medicines contain active ingredients. They may also contain other, additional ingredients that help ensure the stability, safety and effectiveness of the medicine. Some may be used to prolong the life of the medicine.

Konakion contains:

  • glycocholic acid HSE
  • hydrochloric acid Ph.Eur
  • lecithin (phospholipon 100) HSE
  • sodium hydroxide Ph.Eur
  • water for injection Ph.Eur

If you are not able to take any of the ingredients in your medicine, talk to your prescriber or pharmacist to see if they can suggest an alternative medicine. If you have reacted badly to Konakion before, do not have Konakion. Talk to your prescriber, pharmacist or nurse as soon as possible.

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Konakion, Version 7, last updated 02 Apr 2013