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Gallium nitrate intraven.
GALLIUM NITRATE - INJECTION

Important Note

The following information is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacist or other healthcare professional. It should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. Consult your healthcare professional before using this drug.

GALLIUM NITRATE - INJECTION

(GAL-ee-um NYE-trate)

COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Ganite

WARNING: If you have high levels of calcium in the body caused by cancer (cancer-related hypercalcemia), the use of gallium nitrate with other drugs that affect kidneys (e.g., gentamicin, tobramycin, amphotericin B) can lead to severe kidney problems. If one of these other medications must be used, gallium nitrate must be stopped. Fluids (hydration) should be given for several days after the other drug has been stopped. Notify your doctor immediately if you have increased urination at night, weakness, confusion, muscle cramps, nausea, vomiting, dry mouth, or unpleasant taste. Your doctor will be monitoring you closely to check your progress.

Uses

This medication is used to treat high levels of calcium in the blood often associated with cancer.

How To Use

This medication is diluted in fluid and slowly infused into a vein. This medication is usually given with large amounts of fluids. Your intake and output of fluids will be monitored closely while taking this medication.

Side Effects

This medication may cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, or metallic taste. If these symptoms continue or become bothersome, inform your doctor. Notify your doctor if you develop: breathing difficulties, rapid heartbeat, increased thirst, vision changes, ringing in the ears, trouble hearing. Blood tests may be done frequently while taking this medication to evaluate its effectiveness and check for side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Precautions

Tell your doctor if you have: pre-existing kidney disorders, any allergies. This medication should be used only if clearly needed during pregnancy or while breast-feeding. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.

Drug Interactions

Tell your doctor of any over-the-counter or prescription medication you may take, especially: aminoglycoside antibiotics, amphotericin B. Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.

Overdose

If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately.

Notes

Do not share this product with others.

Missed Dose

Check with your doctor.

Storage

Store at room temperature away from sunlight.