Treats cyanide poisoning.
There may be other brand names for this medicine.
When This Medicine Should Not Be Used
Because cyanide poisoning can be life-threatening, there is no reason not to use this medicine to treat it.
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.
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 breastfeeding, or if you have had an allergic reaction to hydroxocobalamin or cyanocobalamin.
- This medicine may cause skin redness and make your skin more sensitive to sunlight. This effect may last for up to 2 weeks after you have received this medicine. Avoid being under the sun while your skin is red. Use a sunscreen when you are outdoors. Avoid sunlamps and tanning beds.
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
- Blurred vision, headache, or dizziness.
- Fast, slow, or irregular heartbeat.
- Shortness of breath, chest pain or discomfort.
- Swelling in your hands, ankles, or feet.
If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
- Acne-like rash, skin redness.
- Eye swelling, irritation, or redness.
- Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, red or black stools, or stomach pain.
- Red-colored urine.
- Redness, pain, swelling, or itching where the needle is placed.
- Trouble swallowing, throat dryness or tightness.