gold sodium thiomalate (cont.)
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What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking gold sodium thiomalate (Myochrysine)?
Before taking gold sodium thiomalate, tell your doctor if you
You may not be able to take gold sodium thiomalate, or you may require a dosage adjustment or special monitoring during your therapy if you have any of these conditions.
Gold sodium thiomalate is in the FDA pregnancy category C. This means that it is not known whether gold sodium thiomalate will be harmful to an unborn baby. Gold sodium thiomalate does cross the placenta, and may accumulate in the tissue of a baby. Do not take gold sodium thiomalate without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant or could become pregnant during treatment.
Gold sodium thiomalate passes into breast milk and may affect a nursing infant. Gold sodium thiomalate is not recommended for use during breast-feeding. Do not take gold sodium thiomalate without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
How should I take gold sodium thiomalate (Myochrysine)?
Gold sodium thiomalate is given by injection. Your doctor or nurse will administer your doses, usually on a weekly basis to begin with, then every other week to monthly, depending upon your response to the medication.
You may want to lie down after injections, and your doctor will want to monitor you for side effects for 10 to 15 minutes following each shot.
Gold sodium thiomalate can cause serious side effects involving white and red blood cells. Your doctor will want to test your blood and urine before each injection to monitor any changes before they become dangerous.
Do not stop using gold sodium thiomalate without first talking to your doctor. It may take up to 3 months for you to see any effects from this medication, and it may be 6 months or more before the full benefits are realized.
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