edetate calcium disodium (cont.)
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What should I discuss with my health care provider before receiving edetate calcium disodium (Calcium Disodium Versenate)?
You should not receive this medication if you are unable to urinate, or if you have active hepatitis or kidney disease.
If possible, before you receive edetate calcium disodium, tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs, or if you have kidney disease. You may need a dose adjustment or special tests to safely receive this medication.
FDA pregnancy category B. Edetate calcium disodium is not expected to be harmful to an unborn baby. However, tell your doctor if you are pregnant before receiving this medication.
It is not known whether edetate calcium disodium passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
In an emergency situation, it may not be possible before you are treated with edetate calcium disodium to tell your caregivers if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. However, make sure any doctor caring for your pregnancy or your baby knows that you have received this medication.
How is edetate calcium disodium given (Calcium Disodium Versenate)?
Edetate calcium disodium is given as an injection through a needle placed into a vein or muscle. You will receive this injection in a hospital or emergency setting.
When injected into a vein, edetate calcium disodium must be given slowly through an IV infusion and can take up to 12 hours to complete.
To be sure this medication is helping your condition and not causing harmful side effects, your blood and urine will need to be tested often. Your heart rate will be constantly monitored through electrocardiograph or ECG (sometimes called an EKG). This machine measures electrical activity of the heart. This will help your doctor determine how long to treat you with edetate calcium disodium.
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