gold sodium thiomalate; aurothiomalate, Myochrysine (cont.)

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PRESCRIPTION: Yes

GENERIC AVAILABLE: No

PREPARATIONS: Injectable solution: 25 and 50 mg/ml.

STORAGE: Gold sodium thiomalate should be stored at 20 C to 25 C (68 F to 77 F) and protected from light.

PRESCRIBED FOR: Gold sodium thiomalate 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 numbers of white blood cells) and psoriatic arthritis.

DOSING: The usual initial adult dose is 10 mg by intramuscular injection followed by 25 mg for the second dose, then 25 to 50 mg weekly until gold toxicity or substantial clinical improvement occurs, or a cumulative dose of 1 g has been administered.

The usual dose for children is based on the weight of the child and is proportional to the adult dose. The maximum single dose for children younger than 12 years of age is 50 mg. After an initial test dose of 10 mg, one dosage regimen recommended for children is 1 mg/kg per week.

DRUG INTERACTIONS: The concurrent use of penicillamine (Cuprimine, Depen) and gold sodium thiomalate should be avoided as the combination decreases the levels and efficacy of both drugs due to chelation (binding of the gold salt with penicillamine). Gold sodium thiomalate should not be used in combination with atovaquone/proguanil (Malarone), an antimalarial drug, as the combination may increase the risk of serious blood abnormalities. (Either drug alone may have such effects, but the combination is more likely to cause them, i.e., the toxicity is additive.) Nitritoid reactions (symptoms include facial flushing, nausea, vomiting, and hypotension or seriously low blood pressure) may occur when injectable gold (sodium aurothiomalate), used in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, is combined with ACE inhibitors, such as enalapril (Vasotec), lisinopril Cozaar), captopril (Capoten), ramipril (Altace) and others.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 1/31/2013


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