dimethyl sulfoxide (cont.)
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What should I discuss with my health care provider before I receive 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.
FDA pregnancy category C. 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.
It is not known whether dimethyl sulfoxide passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Before you receive this medication, tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
How is dimethyl sulfoxide given (Rimso-50)?
Dimethyl sulfoxide is injected directly into the bladder using a catheter or syringe inserted into the urethra (the tube for passing urine out of your bladder). You will receive this medication in a clinic or hospital setting.
After dimethyl sulfoxide is placed into the bladder, you will need to hold the medication in for 15 minutes before emptying your bladder.
If you have severe cystitis, you may be given an anesthesia to numb your pelvic area before you are treated with dimethyl sulfoxide.
Dimethyl sulfate is usually given once every 2 weeks until your symptoms are relieved. Follow your doctor's instructions about your specific dosing schedule.
Your doctor may also recommend other medications to treat pain or bladder spasm. Be sure to read the medication guide or patient instructions provided with each of your medications.
To be sure this medication is helping your condition and not causing harmful effects, your blood will need to be tested on a regular basis. You may also need to have eye exams before and during treatment. Do not miss any scheduled appointments.
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.
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