gallium nitrate (cont.)
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What should I discuss with my health care provider before receiving gallium nitrate (Ganite)?
You should not use this medication if you are allergic to gallium nitrate, or if you have severe kidney disease.
Before receiving gallium nitrate, tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs, if you have heart disease, or if you take diuretics (water pills). If you have any of these conditions, you may need dosage adjustments or special tests during treatment.
FDA pregnancy category C. This medication may be harmful to an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant before you receive gallium nitrate.
It is not known whether gallium nitrate passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not receive this medication before telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
How is gallium nitrate given (Ganite)?
Gallium nitrate is given as an injection through a needle placed into a vein. You will receive this injection in a hospital or emergency setting.
Gallium nitrate must be given as an IV infusion around the clock for up to 5 days, or until blood calcium levels are lowered to a safe level.
During your treatment with gallium nitrate, you may also need to be put on IV fluids to keep you from getting dehydrated.
To be sure this medication is helping your condition, your blood and urine will need to be tested often. This will help your doctor determine how long to treat you with gallium nitrate.
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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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