Edetate calcium disodium

Edetate calcium disodium is injected into the veins to help reduce the effects of lead poisoning. This drug is a chelate drug, which means that it removes metals from the blood so they can be eliminated through urination. Specifically, it removes lead from the blood to reverse the effects of lead poisoning.

Side Effects/Warnings

This medication can cause kidney disease. Patients who already suffer from kidney problems should inform their doctors prior to taking the medication. Patients who have hepatitis should also avoid this medication, as it can make this disease worse.

Edetate calcium disodium can cause an increase in intracranial pressure and encephalitis. It should be given intramuscularly rather than intravenously if possible. If it must be given intravenously, it should be given slowly over the course of 12 hours.

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