What is Chemet?
Chemet is used to treat lead poisoning.
Chemet is a chelating (KEE-late-ing) agent that binds to lead in the blood and allows it to be passed out in the urine.
Chemet may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Follow all directions on your medicine label and package. Tell each of your healthcare providers about all your medical conditions, allergies, and all medicines you use.
Before taking this medicine
You should not use Chemet if you are allergic to it.
Tell your doctor if you have ever had:
Chemet may harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant.
You should not breast-feed while using Chemet.
How should I take Chemet?
Follow all directions on your prescription label and read all medication guides or instruction sheets. Your doctor may occasionally change your dose. Use the medicine exactly as directed.
If you cannot swallow a capsule whole, open it and sprinkle the medicine into a spoonful of soft food. Swallow the mixture right away without chewing. Do not save it for later use.
You may also empty the medicine beads into a spoon, swallow all of the beads, and then drink a glass of juice or fruit-flavored drink.
Drink plenty of liquids to keep your kidneys working properly so they can help eliminate the lead from your body.
Chemet is usually given daily for 19 days in a row. You may need to receive more than one course of treatment. Use this medicine regularly to get the most benefit.
Use this medicine for the full prescribed length of time. Your symptoms may improve before the lead is completely cleared from your body.
You may need medical tests to help your doctor determine how long to treat you with Chemet.
This medicine can affect the results of certain medical tests. Tell any doctor who treats you that you are using Chemet.
Call your doctor if your symptoms do not improve, or if they get worse while using Chemet.
Chemet can lower blood cells that help your body fight infections. This can make it easier for you to get sick. Your blood cells may need to be tested often.
Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
What happens if I miss a dose?
Take the medicine as soon as you can, but skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next dose. Do not take two doses at one time.
What happens if I overdose?
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.
What should I avoid while taking Chemet?
Once it has been determined how or where you got lead poisoning, avoid coming into contact with that source or location.
Avoid being near people who are sick or have infections. Tell your doctor at once if you develop signs of infection.
Chemet side effects
Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Chemet may cause serious side effects. Call your doctor at once if you have:
skin sores, rash; or
swollen gums, painful mouth sores, pain when swallowing.
Common side effects of Chemet may include:
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
What other drugs will affect Chemet?
Other drugs may affect Chemet, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Tell your doctor about all your current medicines and any medicine you start or stop using.
Where can I get more information?
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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