aurothioglucose

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GENERIC NAME: aurothioglucose (This drug is discontinued in the US)

BRAND NAME: Solganal

DRUG CLASS AND MECHANISM: Aurothioglucose is a gold-containing chemical (salt) used for treating rheumatoid arthritis. Other gold salts available include injectable gold sodium thiomalate (Myochrysine), and capsules, auranofin (Ridaura). It is not well understood exactly how gold salts work. In patients with inflammatory arthritis, such as adult and juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, gold salts can decrease the inflammation of the joint lining. This effect prevents the inflammation from destroying the bone and cartilage surrounding the joints and prevents or slows the development of deformities of the joints. Because of their ability to prevent deformities, gold salts are referred to as disease modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs). DMARDs like aurothioglucose may take weeks to months to become effective.

PRESCRIPTION: Yes

GENERIC AVAILABLE: No

PREPARATIONS: Injectable suspension: 50 mg/ml.

STORAGE: Aurothioglucose should be stored at room temperature between 59 F and 86 F (15 C-30 C) away from light and moisture and should not be frozen.

PRESCRIBED FOR: Aurothioglucose is used in the treatment of active, progressive, or destructive forms of inflammatory arthritis, such as adult and juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. Off label (non-FDA approved) uses include Felty's Syndrome (a rare disorder that includes rheumatoid arthritis, a swollen spleen, and decreased white blood cell count) and psoriatic arthritis.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 10/8/2014



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