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Edta

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Are there any interactions with medications?



Insulin
Interaction Rating: Major Do not take this combination.

EDTA can decrease blood sugar. Insulin is also used to decrease blood sugar. Taking EDTA along with insulin can cause serious decreases in your blood sugar. Monitor your blood sugar closely. The dose of your insulin might need to be changed.



Warfarin (Coumadin)
Interaction Rating: Major Do not take this combination.

Warfarin (Coumadin) is used to slow blood clotting. EDTA has been reported to decrease the effectiveness of warfarin (Coumadin). Decreasing the effectiveness of warfarin (Coumadin) might increase the risk of clotting. It is unclear why this interaction might occur. Be sure to have your blood checked regularly. The dose of your warfarin (Coumadin) might need to be changed.



Water pills (Diuretic drugs)
Interaction Rating: Moderate Be cautious with this combination.
Talk with your health provider.

Large amounts of EDTA can decrease potassium levels in the body. "Water pills" can also decrease potassium in the body. Taking EDTA along with "water pills" might decrease potassium in the body too much.

Some "water pills" that can deplete potassium include chlorothiazide (Diuril), chlorthalidone (Thalitone), furosemide (Lasix), hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ, HydroDiuril, Microzide), and others.

Dosing considerations for Edta.

The following doses have been studied in scientific research:

APPLIED TO THE SKIN:
  • For calcium deposits on the cornea of the eye: Healthcare providers use EDTA as part of a procedure.
INTRAVENOUS:
  • For lead poisoning and also for high levels of calcium in the blood: Healthcare providers give EDTA intravenously (by IV).
INTRAMUSCULAR:
  • For lead poisoning: Healthcare providers give EDTA in a shot (by injection).

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