What is this medicine?
EDETATE DISODIUM, EDTA (ED uh teyt di SOE dee um) EDTA binds with calcium and some heavy metals in the body. It is used to treat calcium overload. It is also used to treat irregular heart beats caused by too much digitalis (digoxin or digitoxin).
How should I use this medicine?
This medicine is for infusion into a vein. It is given by a health care professional in a hospital or clinic setting.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
cloudy or dark urine
fast, irregular heartbeat
feeling faint or lightheaded, falls
fever or chills
irritation, pain at site where injected
low blood pressure
muscle cramps, pain, stiffness
numb, tingling pain
redness, blistering, peeling or loosening of the skin, including inside the mouth
trouble passing urine or change in the amount of urine
unusually tired or weak
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
What may interact with this medicine?
What if I miss a dose?
This does not apply.
Where should I keep my medicine?
This drug is given in a hospital or clinic and will not be stored at home.
What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
heart disease or failure
kidney disease or trouble making urine
low levels of calcium or potassium in the blood
an unusual or allergic reaction to edetate disodium, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
pregnant or trying to get pregnant
What should I watch for while using this medicine?
Your condition will be monitored carefully while you are receiving this medicine.
You may get drowsy or dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how this medicine affects you. Do not stand or sit up quickly, especially if you are an older patient. This reduces the risk of dizzy or fainting spells.