gallium nitrate (cont.)
What happens if I miss a dose (Ganite)?
Since gallium nitrate is given by a healthcare provider, it is not likely that you will miss a dose.
What happens if I overdose (Ganite)?
Tell your caregivers right away if you think you have received too much of this medicine.
Overdose symptoms may include nausea and vomiting, or urinating less than usual.
What should I avoid while receiving gallium nitrate (Ganite)?
Follow your doctor's instructions about any restrictions on food, beverages, or activity after you receive gallium nitrate.
What other drugs will affect gallium nitrate (Ganite)?
Before receiving gallium nitrate, tell your doctor if you are using any of the following drugs:
- cyclosporine (Gengraf, Neoral, Sandimmune);
- a steroid such as prednisone;
- lithium (Eskalith, Lithobid);
- methotrexate (Rheumatrex, Trexal);
- pain or arthritis medicines such as aspirin (Anacin, Excedrin), acetaminophen (Tylenol), diclofenac (Voltaren), etodolac (Lodine), ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), indomethacin (Indocin), naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn), and others;
- medicines used to treat a ulcerative colitis, such as mesalamine (Pentasa) or sulfasalazine (Azulfidine);
- medicines used to prevent organ transplant rejection, such as tacrolimus (Prograf);
- IV antibiotics such as amphotericin B (Fungizone, AmBisome, Amphotec, Abelcet), amikacin (Amikin), bacitracin (Baci-IM), capreomycin (Capastat), gentamicin (Garamycin), kanamycin (Kantrex), streptomycin, or vancomycin (Vancocin, Vancoled);
- antiviral medicines such as adefovir (Hepsera), cidofovir (Vistide), or foscarnet (Foscavir); or
- cancer medicine such as aldesleukin (Proleukin), carmustine (BiCNU, Gliadel), cisplatin (Platinol), ifosfamide (Ifex), oxaliplatin (Eloxatin), plicamycin (Mithracin), streptozocin (Zanosar), or tretinoin (Vesanoid).
Many of these other drugs can damage the kidneys If you are using any of these drugs, you may not be able to receive gallium nitrate, or you may need dosage adjustments or special tests during treatment.
This list is not complete and there may be other drugs that can interact with gallium nitrate. Tell your doctor about all your prescription and over-the-counter medications, vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors.
Where can I get more information?
Your doctor or pharmacist can provide more information about gallium nitrate.
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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