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Cesium-137 is excreted in the urine and feces. Appropriate safety measures should be taken to minimize radiation exposure to others. When possible, a toilet should be used instead of a urinal, and it should be flushed several times after each use. Spilled urine or feces should be cleaned up completely, and patients should wash their hands thoroughly. If blood or urine gets onto clothing, such clothing should be washed separately.

Parents and child-care givers should take extra precaution in handling the urine and feces of pediatric patients. Care is intended to prevent re-exposure to the adult and pediatric patient.

In patients with constipation, a fiber based laxative and/or high fiber diet is recommended during treatment with Prussian blue insoluble.

Patients taking Prussian blue insoluble should be informed that their stools might be bluecolored.

In patients who cannot swallow capsules, when the capsules are opened and the contents are mixed with food and eaten, the mouth and teeth might be colored blue.

Last reviewed on RxList: 10/1/2008
This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.


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