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talc (Intrapleural route)

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Commonly used brand name(s)

In the U.S.

  • Sclerosol Intrapleural

Available Dosage Forms:

  • Powder
  • Spray

Therapeutic Class: Sclerosing Agent

Uses For talc

Talc is sprayed through a tube into the area around the lungs. It is given to people who have breathing problems caused by a buildup of fluid in this area. Talc is used after the fluid has been drained out, to prevent the problem from returning.

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You may be familiar with talc used as an ingredient in dusting powders (talcum powder). The talc used for preventing fluid buildup in the lungs is a special grade of talc that has been sterilized (made germ-free).

talc is to be given only by your doctor.

Before Using talc

In deciding to use a medicine, the risks of taking the medicine must be weighed against the good it will do. This is a decision you and your doctor will make. For talc, the following should be considered:

Allergies

Tell your doctor if you have ever had any unusual or allergic reaction to talc or any other medicines. Also tell your health care professional if you have any other types of allergies, such as to foods, dyes, preservatives, or animals. For non-prescription products, read the label or package ingredients carefully.

Pediatric

Studies on use of talc in the area around the lungs have been done only in adult patients, and there is no specific information comparing this use of talc with use in other age groups.

Geriatric

Many medicines have not been studied specifically in older people. Therefore, it may not be known whether they work exactly the same way they do in younger adults or if they cause different side effects or problems in older people. There is no information comparing this use of talc in the elderly with use in other age groups.

Interactions with Medicines

Although certain medicines should not be used together at all, in other cases two different medicines may be used together even if an interaction might occur. In these cases, your doctor may want to change the dose, or other precautions may be necessary. Tell your healthcare professional if you are taking any other prescription or nonprescription (over-the-counter [OTC]) medicine.

Interactions with Food/Tobacco/Alcohol

Certain medicines should not be used at or around the time of eating food or eating certain types of food since interactions may occur. Using alcohol or tobacco with certain medicines may also cause interactions to occur. Discuss with your healthcare professional the use of your medicine with food, alcohol, or tobacco.

Proper Use of talc

Dosing

The dose of talc will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor's orders or the directions on the label. The following information includes only the average doses of talc. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.

The amount of medicine that you take depends on the strength of the medicine. Also, the number of doses you take each day, the time allowed between doses, and the length of time you take the medicine depend on the medical problem for which you are using the medicine.

  • For intrapleural (into the area around the lungs) dosage form (aerosol spray):
    • For preventing fluid from collecting in the area around the lungs:
      • Adults—4 to 8 grams of talc (one or two containers), sprayed into the area around the lungs through a special tube.
      • Children—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.

talc Side Effects

Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor as soon as possible if any of the following side effects occur:

More common
  • Pain
Rare
  • Fever
  • coughing or spitting up blood
  • shortness of breath or troubled breathing

Some of the above side effects could be caused by having a tube placed in your chest or other procedures that were done at the time the talc was used, as well as by the talc. Other side effects not listed above may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your doctor.

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