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Prussian blue (By mouth)

Prussian blue (PRUSH-un bloo)

Treats cesium or thallium poisoning.

Brand Name(s):

Radiogardase

There may be other brand names for this medicine.

When This Medicine Should Not Be Used:

This medicine is generally considered safe for most people. Talk to your doctor if you have concerns.

How to Use This Medicine:

Capsule

  • Your doctor will tell you how much medicine to use. Do not use more than directed.
  • It is best to take this medicine with food or milk.
  • If you cannot swallow the capsules, you may open them and mix the contents with bland food or liquids.
  • Keep using this medicine for the full time of treatment, even if you feel better after a few days.
  • Follow your doctor's instructions on proper handwashing, toilet use, and handling of clothing and other items that may come in contact with body fluids.
  • Missed dose: Take a dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then and take a regular dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.
  • Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light.

Drugs and Foods to Avoid:

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

Warnings While Using This Medicine:

  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have liver disease or arrhythmias (heart rhythm problems).
  • This medicine may cause low potassium levels.
  • This medicine slows digestion and may cause constipation. Tell your doctor if you have digestion problems.
  • This medicine may cause your stools to turn blue. This is normal and nothing to worry about. Also, if you open the capsules and mix them with food, your mouth and teeth may also turn blue.
  • Your doctor will do lab tests at regular visits to check on the effects of this medicine. Keep all appointments.
  • Keep all medicine out of the reach of children. Never share your medicine with anyone.

Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine:

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

  • Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing
  • Constipation
  • Dry mouth, increased thirst, muscle cramps, nausea or vomiting, uneven heartbeat

If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088


Last Updated: 10/4/2017
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