GENERIC NAME: SUCCIMER - ORAL (SUX-i-mer)
BRAND NAME(S): Chemet
USES: This medication is used to treat lead poisoning. It works by binding to the lead so that it may be removed by your kidneys. Removing lead from your body will lower the chance of severe problems caused by lead poisoning.
HOW TO USE: Take this medication by mouth with or without food, usually every 8 or 12 hours, or as directed by your doctor. Swallow the capsules whole. If you have trouble swallowing the capsule, you may open the capsule and sprinkle the contents on soft food (such as applesauce). Swallow all of the drug/food mixture immediately without chewing. You may also place the contents on a spoon and swallow with fruit juice.Dosage and length of treatment is based on your medical condition, response to treatment, and body size.Drink plenty of fluids while taking this medication unless your doctor directs you otherwise.Use this medication regularly in order to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, take it at the same times each day.
SIDE EFFECTS: Nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, or diarrhea may occur. If any of these effects 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: signs of infection (such as fever, persistent sore throat).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.
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