Pentetate Calcium Trisodium (PEN-te-tate KAL-see-um trye-SOE-dee-um)
Removes harmful substances such as plutonium, americium, or curium from your body.
There may be other brand names for this medicine.
Pentetate Calcium Trisodium
When This Medicine Should Not Be Used
Unless your doctor tells you otherwise, there is no reason why you should not receive this medicine.
How to Use This Medicine
- Your doctor will prescribe your exact dose and tell you how often it should be given. This medicine is given through a needle placed in one of your veins.
- A nurse or other trained health professional will give you this medicine.
- Drink extra fluids so you will pass more urine while you are using this medicine. This will prevent the exposure of your bladder from the risks of radiation.
Drugs and Foods to Avoid
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
Warnings While Using This Medicine
- Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breast feeding.
- Make sure your doctor knows if you have kidney disease, or hemochromatosis (iron-storage disease).
- While using this medicine your urine, mucus (phlegm from coughing) and stool may contain radioactive substances, which can be harmful to others. Talk with your doctor about the risks and precautions you need to take.
- Your doctor will need to check your blood, stools, or urine at regular visits for several weeks after you have used this medicine. Be sure to keep all appointments.
Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine
Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
- Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing.
- Chest pain.
If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
- Lightheadedness or headache.
- Metallic taste in your mouth.
- Mild diarrhea or nausea.
- Mild skin rash.
- Pain, itching, swelling, burning, or a lump under your skin where the needle is placed.
If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088
Review Date: 2011-02-04