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All about: Chemet

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Generic Name: Succimer (SUX-ih-mer)
Brand Name: Chemet

Chemet is used for:

Treating lead poisoning.

Chemet is a lead chelator. It works by trapping lead in the body and removing it in the urine.

Do NOT use Chemet if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Chemet

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

Before using Chemet :

Some medical conditions may interact with Chemet . Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you are dehydrated or you have liver or kidney problems

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Chemet . However, no specific interactions with Chemet are known at this time.

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Chemet may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use Chemet :

Use Chemet as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Chemet may be taken with or without food.
  • Swallow Chemet whole. Do not break, crush, or chew before swallowing.
  • If you have difficulty swallowing the capsule, empty the contents onto a small amount of soft food. Eat the food right away without chewing. You may also eat the contents of the capsule from a spoon. After eating, follow with a fruit drink.
  • Drinking extra fluids while you are taking Chemet is recommended. Check with your doctor for instructions.
  • If you miss a dose of Chemet , take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Chemet .

Important safety information:

  • Chemet may cause drowsiness or dizziness. Do not drive, operate machinery, or do anything else that could be dangerous until you know how you react to Chemet . Using Chemet alone, with certain other medicines, or with alcohol may lessen your ability to drive or to perform other potentially dangerous tasks.
  • It is important to identify and remove the source of lead poisoning from your environment.
  • Do not exceed the recommended dose or take Chemet for longer than prescribed without checking with your doctor.
  • Chemet may low your body's ability to fight infection. Prevent infection by avoiding contact with people with colds or other infections. Notify your doctor of any signs of infection, including fever, sore throat, rash, or chills.
  • Chemet may interfere with certain lab tests. Be sure your doctor and laboratory personnel know you are taking Chemet .
  • Chemet may cause incorrect test results with some urine ketone tests. Check with your doctor before you adjust the dose of your diabetes medicine or change your diet.
  • LAB TESTS, including complete blood cell counts, may be performed to monitor your progress or to check for side effects. Be sure to keep all doctor and lab appointments.
  • Use Chemet with extreme caution in CHILDREN younger than 12 months of age. Safety and effectiveness in this age group have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using Chemet during pregnancy. It is unknown if Chemet is excreted in breast milk. Do not breast-feed while taking Chemet .

Possible side effects of Chemet :

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Appetite loss; back, flank, rib, kneecap, leg, or head pain; decreased urination; diarrhea; dizziness; drowsiness; headache; heavy head; hemorrhoids; loose stools; metallic taste in mouth; nausea; numbness or tingling of the skin; runny nose; stomach pain or cramps; tiredness; vomiting.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); cold symptoms (eg, stuffy nose, cough); fever, chills, or sore throat; irregular heartbeat.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions or need medical advice about side effects, contact your doctor or health care provider. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 (1-800-332-1088) or at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (http://www.aapcc.org/findyour.htm), or emergency room immediately. Symptoms may include clumsiness; convulsion; difficulty breathing; incoordination.

Proper storage of Chemet :

Store Chemet at room temperature, between 59 and 77 degrees F (15 and 25 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Chemet out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Chemet , please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Chemet is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.

This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Chemet . If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.

Issue Date: September 5, 2007
Database Edition 07.3.1.003
Copyright © 2007 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

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