Generic Name : Succimer Pronunciation : SUX-ih-mer Therapeutic Classification : Chelating Agents ICD Code : Y57.2
International- Chemet. Why it is prescribed (Indications) :
This medication is a lead chelator, prescribed for the treatment of lead poisoning. It works by trapping lead in the body and removing it in the urine. When it is not to be taken (Contraindications): Hypersensitivity.
Dosage & When it is to be taken :
Adult- PO- The recommended starting dose is 10 mg/kg or 350 mg/m2 every eight hours for five days. How it should be taken :
It comes as a capsule to take by mouth, with or without food. Warnings and Precautions :
* Caution should be exercised in patients with history of dehydration, liver or kidney problem, any allergy, who are taking other medications, during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
* It may cause drowsiness or dizziness, do not drive a car or operate machinery while taking this medication.
* Avoid contact with people who have infections. Side Effects :
Gastrointestinal - Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, loose stools and metallic taste in mouth.
Body as a Whole - Back pain, abdominal cramps, stomach pain, head pain, rib pain, chills, fever, flu-like symptoms and headache.
Metabolic - Increased alkaline phosphatase and serum cholesterol levels.
Central Nervous System - Drowsiness, dizziness, sleepiness and numbness.
Skin - Rash and itching.
Eye and ENT - Watery eyes and inflammation of middle ear.
Respiratory - Sore throat, runny nose, nasal congestion and cough.
Heart - Abnormal heart rhythm.
* Avoid excess dosage. Storage Conditions :
Store between 15°C and 25°C and avoid excessive heat.
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