Medications and Drugs
Brand Names: Rimso-50
Generic Name: dimethyl sulfoxide (Pronunciation: dye METH il sul FOX ide)
What is dimethyl sulfoxide (Rimso-50)?
Dimethyl sulfoxide is used to treat pain and swelling associated with bladder or urinary conditions including cystitis (bladder inflammation or irritation).
This medication will not treat a bacterial or fungal infection of the bladder.
Dimethyl sulfoxide may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.
What are the possible side effects of dimethyl sulfoxide (Rimso-50)?
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Tell your caregivers if you feel severe discomfort or irritation when the medication is inserted or while you are holding it in your bladder. This discomfort may become less noticeable over time with repeat treatments.
You may notice a garlic- or onion-like taste in your mouth while you are receiving dimethyl sulfoxide. This effect may last for several hours after you receive the medication, and you may also sense these odors on your breath or skin. This is a normal side effect of dimethyl sulfoxide and is not cause for concern.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Tell your doctor about any unusual or bothersome side effect. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
What is the most important information I should know about dimethyl sulfoxide (Rimso-50)?
You should not receive this medication if you are allergic to dimethyl sulfoxide.
Before you receive dimethyl sulfoxide, tell your doctor if you have cancer of your bladder or kidneys. You may not be able to use this medication, or you may need a dose adjustment or special tests during treatment.
Dimethyl sulfoxide will not treat a bacterial or fungal infection of the bladder.
This medication should be used only when clearly needed during pregnancy. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.
You may notice a garlic- or onion-like taste in your mouth while you are receiving dimethyl sulfoxide. This effect may last for several hours after you receive the medication, and you may also sense these odors on your breath or skin. This is a normal side effect of dimethyl sulfoxide and is not cause for alarm.
Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
Need help identifying pills and medications?
Drugs and Treatment Resources
- The Benefits of Tea Tree Oil
- Teaching Your Child to Use Their Auto-Injector
- Why Are ADHD Drugs Controlled Substances?