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pralidoxime injection (cont.)

What should I discuss with my health care provider before receiving pralidoxime (Protopam Chloride)?

If possible, before you receive pralidoxime, tell your doctor if you have kidney disease, or if you are allergic to any drugs.

FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether pralidoxime is harmful to an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant.

It is not known whether pralidoxime passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby.

In an emergency situation, it may not be possible before you are treated with pralidoxime 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 pralidoxime given (Protopam Chloride)?

Pralidoxime is usually given as soon as possible after the onset of poisoning or overdose symptoms. You may need to receive pralidoxime for several days.

Pralidoxime is injected into a muscle, under the skin, or into a vein through an IV. A healthcare provider will give you this injection. Pralidoxime must be given slowly. The IV infusion can take up to 30 minutes to complete.

Your breathing, blood pressure, oxygen levels, kidney function, and other vital signs will be watched closely while you are receiving this medication.

After treatment with pralidoxime, you may be watched for up to 72 hours to make sure the medicine has been effective and you no longer have any effects of the poison or drug overdose.

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