How Do Chelators Work?

Reviewed on 7/6/2021

HOW DO CHELATORS WORK?

Chelators are drugs used to treat heavy metal poisoning. They bind to heavy metal ions in the blood to form a complex structure that can be easily excreted through the urine. The most common ions that chelators bind with include:

HOW ARE CHELATORS USED?

Chelators are used to treat heavy metal poisoning and other conditions like:

WHAT ARE SIDE EFFECTS OF CHELATORS?

Chelators, when administered intravenously, can cause the following side effects:

The information contained herein is not intended to cover all possible side effects, precautions, warnings, drug interactions, allergic reactions, or adverse effects. Check with your doctor or pharmacist to make sure these drugs do not cause any harm when you take them along with other medicines. Never stop taking your medication and never change your dose or frequency without consulting your doctor.

WHAT ARE NAMES OF CHELATORS?

Generic and brand names of chelators include:

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References
https://reference.medscape.com/drugs/chelators

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