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In this Article
- What is succimer (Chemet)?
- What are the possible side effects of succimer (Chemet)?
- What is the most important information I should know about succimer (Chemet)?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking succimer (Chemet)?
- How should I take succimer (Chemet)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Chemet)?
- What happens if I overdose (Chemet)?
- What should I avoid while taking succimer (Chemet)?
- What other drugs will affect succimer (Chemet)?
- Where can I get more information?
What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking succimer (Chemet)?
Before taking succimer, talk to your doctor if you have
- had a previous reaction to treatment with succimer;
- blood problems;
- kidney problems; or
- liver problems.
You may not be able to take succimer, or you may require a dosage adjustment or special monitoring during treatment.
Succimer is in the FDA pregnancy category C. This means that it is not known whether it will be harmful to an unborn baby. Do not take succimer without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant or could become pregnant during treatment.
It is not known whether succimer passes into breast milk and if it will affect a nursing baby. Do not take succimer without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
How should I take succimer (Chemet)?
Take succimer exactly as directed by your doctor. If you do not understand these directions, ask your pharmacist, nurse, or doctor to explain them to you.
Take each dose with a full glass of water. Drink several extra glasses of water each day while taking succimer to maintain adequate hydration.
If swallowing the capsules is difficult, the capsules can be opened and the contents sprinkled onto a small amount of soft food. The mixture should be consumed entirely and immediately, not saved for later use. Alternatively, the contents of the capsule may be placed on a spoon, administered, and followed with a drink of fruit juice or other liquid.
It is important to take succimer regularly to get the most benefit.
Your doctor may want you to have blood tests or other medical evaluations during treatment with succimer to monitor progress and side effects.
Store sucralfate at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
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