Patients who have abnormally high levels of calcium in the blood may take gallium nitrate injections. This medication is usually prescribed to people who have certain types of cancer in order to control their blood calcium levels.
This medication can cause serious damage to the kidneys. Gallium nitrate should not be taken if the patient is on any other drug that is known to cause kidney problems. In addition, patients should alert their doctors immediately if they have any of the following symptoms:
- Lower back pain
- Difficulty urinating
- Extreme fatigue
Patients who are on this medication must have their urine tested regularly. They should stop taking the medication if urine tests suggest kidney problems.