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Diethylene Triamine Penta-Acetic Acid

Generic name: Diethylene Triamine Penta-Acetic Acid [ dye-ETH-i-leen-TRYE-a-meen-PEN-ta-a-SEE-tik-AS-id ]
Drug class: Antidotes

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Apr 22, 2023.

Uses of Diethylene Triamine Penta-Acetic Acid:

  • It is used to treat some kinds of radiation poisoning.

What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Diethylene Triamine Penta-Acetic Acid?

  • If you are allergic to diethylene triamine penta-acetic acid; any part of diethylene triamine penta-acetic acid; or any other drugs, foods, or substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had.
  • If you are breast-feeding. Do not breast-feed while you take diethylene triamine penta-acetic acid.

This medicine may interact with other drugs or health problems.

Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take diethylene triamine penta-acetic acid with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.

What are some things I need to know or do while I take Diethylene Triamine Penta-Acetic Acid?

  • Tell all of your health care providers that you take diethylene triamine penta-acetic acid. This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
  • Have blood work checked as you have been told by the doctor. Talk with the doctor.
  • Clean up any spilled urine, feces, or blood right away. Avoid touching.
  • Pass urine often. You need to empty your bladder often. Drinking lots of liquids will help.
  • Use the toilet instead of a urinal.
  • Use the same toilet each time you use the bathroom in your home. Sit down on the toilet to urinate to keep urine from splashing or spraying. Flush the toilet a few times after each use.
  • Wash exposed clothing, bedding, and bath towels alone.
  • If you cough, clean up mucus right away. Avoid touching. Do not swallow mucus. Talk to your doctor if you are coughing.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using diethylene triamine penta-acetic acid while you are pregnant.

How is this medicine (Diethylene Triamine Penta-Acetic Acid) best taken?

Use diethylene triamine penta-acetic acid as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.

  • This medicine will be given to you by a doctor.
  • Drink lots of noncaffeine liquids unless told to drink less liquid by your doctor.

What do I do if I miss a dose?

  • Call your doctor to find out what to do.

What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?

WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:

  • Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
  • Chest pain.

What are some other side effects of Diethylene Triamine Penta-Acetic Acid?

All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:

These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

How do I store and/or throw out Diethylene Triamine Penta-Acetic Acid?

  • If you need to store diethylene triamine penta-acetic acid at home, talk with your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist about how to store it.

Consumer Information Use and Disclaimer

  • If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
  • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
  • Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Throw away unused or expired drugs. Do not flush down a toilet or pour down a drain unless you are told to do so. Check with your pharmacist if you have questions about the best way to throw out drugs. There may be drug take-back programs in your area.
  • Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. Check with your pharmacist. If you have any questions about diethylene triamine penta-acetic acid, please talk with your doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

Further information

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