Myochrysine (Gold Sodium Thiomalate)

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What is Myochrysine (Gold Sodium Thiomalate) prescribed for?

Rheumatoid arthritis happens when your body’s immune system begins to target your joint linings. Rheumatoid arthritis affects joints on both sides of the body, such as both hands, both wrists, and both knees. This symmetry is what sets Rheumatoid arthritis apart from other types of arthritis. Keep in mind that it can also affect the skin, eyes, lungs, heart, blood and nerves.

This medication is used as a part of a complete treatment program that treats active rheumatoid arthritis; the treatment also includes rest and physical therapy. This medication is used to treat patients with severe rheumatoid arthritis who have not been able to get a responsive indication or cannot take other medications.

Myochrysine is not a true pain reliever, but it is thought to decrease the pain that occurs with arthritis by decreasing the inflammation. Overall this medication can decrease the pain and swelling in the joints and can increase grip strength.

This medication is injected into the muscle, normally by a healthcare professional. Usually in the buttock. You will need to lie down during the injection and for about 10 minutes afterwards to prevent any kind of dizziness. You will be monitored for 15 minutes after the injection.

Remember dosage is based on your medical condition and your response to the treatment. These injections are usually given once a week until an improvement occurs.  Once this happens, your doctor may decrease your injections to be every 2 to 3 weeks or less.

Before taking this medication, it is best to advise your doctor if you are allergic to Gold Sodium Thiomalate; or to any other gold or heavy metal compound; or to any other medications or allergies in general.

This medication should not be used if you have certain medical conditions. Before using this medicine, consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have: history of reaction to gold compound (e.g., blood disorders, kidney problems, lung problems, severe rash, stomach/intestinal problems), SLE (systemic lupus erythematosus).

Before taking this medication, it is for the best to inform you doctor of you Medical history. Especially of;  blood circulation problems (e.g., chest pain, heart attack, stroke), blood disorders (e.g., bleeding problems, bone marrow depression), colitis/inflammatory bowel disease, diabetes, eczema, heart problems (e.g., congestive heart failure), certain lung problem (fibrosis), very high blood pressure, kidney disease, liver disease, recent radiation therapy.

This medication may make you more sensitive to the sun. Limit your time in the sun. Avoid tanning booths and sunlamps. Use sunscreen and wear protective clothing when outdoors. Tell your doctor right away if you get sunburned or have skin blisters/redness.

Some of these side effects may occur when taking this medication; they are as follows; Flushing, dizziness, headache, nausea, vomiting, weakness, and sweating may occur soon after the injection. Increased joint pain may occur 1-2 days after your injection. However if any of these effects persist or worsen, contact your doctor right away.

Tell your doctor right away if you have any serious side effects, including: eye redness/pain, fainting, hair loss, mental/mood changes (e.g., confusion, hallucinations), numbness/tingling of arms/legs, seizure.

This medication may cause mouth/lip/throat sores (stomatitis). Tell your doctor if you notice a metallic taste in your mouth. This could be the first sign of stomatitis.

Tell your doctor right away if any of these rare but very serious side effects occur: difficult/painful breathing, signs of low blood count (e.g., fast/pounding heartbeat, pale skin, unusual tiredness), easy bleeding/bruising, black/bloody stools, persistent cough, severe diarrhea, signs of infection (e.g., fever, persistent sore throat), gray/blue skin color, severe stomach/abdominal pain, unusual tiredness, change in the amount/color of urine, vaginal itching/sores, vomit that looks like coffee grounds, yellowing eyes/skin.

A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is uncommon. However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), rash, severe dizziness, trouble breathing.

What happens if I suddenly stop taking this medication?

There may be a relapse in symptoms as well as side effects. You should speak your doctor before stop taking this medication.


 What is the best dosage to take?

The diagnosis with your doctor will be able to determine the best dosage for your treatment. Work with your doctor closely for dosage and dosing schedules.


 What happens if I miss a dose?

You should take the missed dose as soon you realize you have forgotten. If the forgotten dose is closer to your next scheduled dose, take the next schedule dose to avoid overlapping in dose.


 What is the best way to store this medication?

This medication is stored at room temperature, and should be kept away from children and pets. Do not throw away this medication in the wastebasket. If you are uncertain how to dispose of this medication speak with your pharmacist for help in safely disposing of this medication.

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