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Penicillamine Overview

Written by FoundHealth.

(pen i SIL a meen)

U.S. Brand Names

Cuprimine®; Depen®

Canadian Brand Names

Cuprimine®; Depen®

Mexican Brand Names

Adalken

Pharmacologic Category

Chelating Agent

What key warnings should I know about before taking this medicine?

• This medicine is very strong. It can prevent your bone marrow from making some of the cells that your body needs. You will be closely monitored by healthcare provider. Tell healthcare provider right away about any fever, sore throat, signs of infection, bleeding, shortness of breath, or feeling tired.

Reasons not to take this medicine

• If you have an allergy to penicillamine or any other part of this medicine.

• Tell healthcare provider if you are allergic to any medicine. Make sure to tell about the allergy and how it affected you. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other symptoms involved.

• If you are pregnant or may be pregnant.

• If you are breast-feeding.

How does it work?

• Penicillamine helps remove cystine from your body.

• It binds with certain metals for removal from the body.

• It decreases the body's harmful response to diseases affecting the immune system.

How is it best taken?

• To gain the most benefit, do not miss doses.

• Take this medicine on an empty stomach. Take 1 hour before or 2 hours after meals.

• A liquid (suspension) is available if you cannot swallow pills. Shake well before use.

• Those who have feeding tubes can also use the liquid. Flush the feeding tube before and after medicine is given.

• For patients who have feeding tubes, open capsule and mix with 3 tablespoonfuls of apple juice. Give through feeding tube. Flush the feeding tube before and after medicine is given.

• Take vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) as recommended by healthcare provider.

• Follow diet plan and exercise program as recommended by healthcare provider.

• Drink plenty of noncaffeine-containing liquid unless told to drink less liquid by healthcare provider.

What do I do if I miss a dose? (does not apply to patients in the hospital)

• Take a missed dose as soon as possible.

• If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your regular schedule.

• Do not take a double dose or extra doses.

What should I monitor?

• Change in condition being treated. Is it better, worse, or about the same?

• Check blood work regularly. Talk with healthcare provider.

• Take good care of your teeth. See a dentist regularly.

• Follow up with healthcare provider.

How should I store this medicine?

• Store capsules and tablets at room temperature.

• Protect capsules and tablets from moisture. Do not store in a bathroom or kitchen.

• Store liquid (suspension) at room temperature or in a refrigerator. Throw away any unused portion after 1 month.

General statements

• If you have a life-threatening allergy, wear allergy identification at all times.

• Do not share your medicine with others and do not take anyone else's medicine.

• Keep all medicine out of the reach of children and pets.

• Most medicines can be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.

• Keep a list of all your medicines (prescription, natural products, supplements, vitamins, over-the-counter) with you. Give this list to healthcare provider (doctor, nurse, nurse practitioner, pharmacist, physician assistant).

• Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or in Canada to Health Canada's Canada Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.

• Talk with healthcare provider before starting any new medicine, including over-the-counter, natural products, or vitamins.

Created: 2005-04-07 17:08:06.0

Modified: 2010-03-09 08:31:44.0

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