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Brand Names: Myochrysine

Generic Name: gold sodium thiomalate (Pronunciation: gold SOE dee um thye OH ma late)

What is gold sodium thiomalate (Myochrysine)?

Gold sodium thiomalate is a form of gold that affects the process of inflammation in the body.

Gold sodium thiomalate is used to treat rheumatoid arthritis in adults and children.

Gold sodium thiomalate may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What are the possible side effects of gold sodium thiomalate (Myochrysine)?

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives, sweating, vomiting; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:

  • unusual bleeding (nose, mouth, vagina, or rectum), purple or red pinpoint spots under your skin;
  • skin rash, bruising, severe tingling, numbness, muscle weakness, burning pain in your hands or feet;
  • pale skin, feeling light-headed, rapid heart rate, trouble concentrating;
  • itching or peeling of skin, hair loss, or problems with your fingernails or toenails;
  • white patches or sores inside your mouth or on your lips;
  • mouth pain, swollen tongue;
  • severe or ongoing diarrhea;
  • slow heart rate;
  • eye pain or vision problems;
  • flushing (warmth, redness, or tingly feeling);
  • feeling like you might pass out;
  • puffy eyes, swelling in your ankles or feet, weight gain, urine that looks foamy;
  • blood in your urine or stools;
  • chest pain, dry cough, wheezing, feeling short of breath;
  • nausea, upper stomach pain, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes); or
  • confusion, hallucinations, or seizure.

Other common side effects may include:

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What is the most important information I should know about gold sodium thiomalate (Myochrysine)?

You should not receive this medication if you have ever had an allergic reaction to a gold medication, if you have lupus, if you are severely debilitated, or if you are also using penicillamine (Cuprimine, Depen).

Before you receive gold sodium thiomalate, tell your doctor if you have liver disease, kidney disease, heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease, skin rash, lung disease, a history of bone marrow depression or blood problems, or if you are taking an anti-malaria medication.

Your doctor will perform blood or urine tests to make sure you do not have other conditions that would prevent you from safely receiving gold sodium thiomalate.

Tell your doctor about all other medicines you use, especially, chemotherapy, anti-malaria medicine, or heart or blood pressure medication.

You should not breast-feed while you are using this medication.

Call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as unusual bleeding or bruising, skin rash or itching, peeling skin, hair loss, mouth pain, swollen tongue, severe or ongoing diarrhea, or flushing (warmth, redness, or tingly feeling).

Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration

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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