gallium nitrate - injection, Ganite (cont.)
HOW TO USE: This medication is mixed in IV fluids and given by injection into a vein once a day by a health care professional. It is given slowly over a 24-hour period. It is usually given for 5 days or as directed by your doctor. You will also be given fluids (hydration) as directed by your doctor.Before using, check this medication visually for particles or discoloration. If either is present, do not use the liquid.Dosage is based on your medical condition, body size, and response to treatment.
SIDE EFFECTS: Minor side effects are uncommon with this medication. If you have any side effects that persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: muscle twitching/cramps/spasms, weakness, mental/mood changes (e.g., confusion), seizures, fast breathing.Tell your doctor immediately if any of these rare but very serious side effects occur: vision changes, hearing changes.A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.In the US -Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.
PRECAUTIONS: Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies.This medication should not be used if you have certain medical conditions. Before using this medicine, consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have: severe kidney disease.Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: kidney problems, conditions that limit the amount of fluids you may take (e.g., heart failure, edema).During pregnancy, this medication should be used only when clearly needed. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.It is not known whether this drug passes into breast milk. Due to the possible risk to the infant, breast-feeding while using this drug is not recommended. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
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