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Chemet Side Effects

Generic Name: succimer

Note: This document contains side effect information about succimer. Some of the dosage forms listed on this page may not apply to the brand name Chemet.

For the Consumer

Applies to succimer: oral capsule

Along with its needed effects, succimer (the active ingredient contained in Chemet) 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 while taking succimer:

Less common

Some side effects of succimer may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

More common

Succimer may cause your urine, sweat, and feces to have an unpleasant odor.

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to succimer: oral capsule

Gastrointestinal

Gastrointestinal side effects (12% in children and 20.9% in adults) have included nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, appetite loss, hemorrhoidal symptoms, loose stools, and metallic taste in mouth. Abdominal cramps and stomach pain have also been reported in patients receiving succimer (the active ingredient contained in Chemet) [Ref]

General

General side effects (5.2% in children and 15.7% in adults) have included back pain, head pain, rib pain, chills, flank pain, fever, flu-like symptoms, heavy head/tired, head cold, headache, and moniliasis.[Ref]

Metabolic

Metabolic side effects (4.2% in children and 10.4% in adults) have included elevated serum cholesterol and increased proteinuria.[Ref]

Hepatic

Hepatic side effects (4.2% in children and 10.4% in adults) have included elevated SGPT, SGOT, and alkaline phosphatase.[Ref]

Respiratory

Respiratory side effects (3.7% in children and 0.7% in adults) have included rhinorrhea, nasal congestion, and cough.[Ref]

Genitourinary

Genitourinary side effects (3.7% in adults) have included decreased urination and voiding difficulty.[Ref]

Other

Other side effects (3.7% in children and 0.7% in adults) have included plugged ears, otitis media, and sore throat.[Ref]

Dermatologic

Dermatologic side effects (2.6% in children and 11.2% in adults) have included papular rash, herpetic rash, rash, mucocutaneous eruptions, and pruritus.[Ref]

Musculoskeletal

Musculoskeletal side effects (3.0% in adults) have included kneecap pain and leg pains.[Ref]

Cardiovascular

Cardiovascular side effects (1.8% in adults) have included arrhythmia.[Ref]

Nervous system

Nervous system side effects (1.0% in children and 12.7% in adults) have included drowsiness, dizziness, sensorimotor neuropathy, sleepiness, and paresthesia.[Ref]

Ocular

Ocular side effects (1.0% in children and 3.0% in adults) have included cloudy film in eye and watery eyes.[Ref]

Hematologic

Hematologic side effects (0.5% in children and 1.5% in adults) have included mild to moderate neutropenia, increased platelet count, and intermittent eosinophilia.[Ref]

References

1. "Product Information. Chemet (succimer)." McNeil Pharmaceutical, Raritan, NJ.

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

Some side effects may not be reported. You may report them to the FDA.

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