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Auranofin

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Uses
Dosing
Safety
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Notes

    Related terms
    • Brand Names: U.S.: Ridaura®
    • Brand Names: Canada: Ridaura®
    • Pharmacologic Category: Gold Compound

    Uses
    • It is used to treat arthritis.
    • It may take 3 months to see the full effect.
    • Auranofin lowers swelling.
    • It lowers the body's harmful response to diseases of the immune system.

    Dosing

    How to take

    • Take with or without food. Take with food if it causes an upset stomach.

    Missed Dose

    • Take a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
    • If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
    • Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.
    • Do not change the dose or stop this drug. Talk with the doctor.

    Storage

    • Store at room temperature.
    • Protect from light.
    • Protect from water. Do not store in a bathroom or kitchen.

    Safety



    Warnings

    • This drug is very strong. It may stop your bone marrow from making some of the cells that your body needs. You will need weekly blood work to watch for side effects. Tell your doctor right away about any fever, sore throat, signs of infection, bleeding, shortness of breath, or feeling tired. Closely read the part in this leaflet which lists when to call your doctor.

    Avoid

    • If you have an allergy to auranofin or any other part of this drug.
    • Tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs. Make sure to tell about the allergy and what signs you had. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
    • If you have had a very bad reaction to gold products in the past.
    • If you are breast-feeding.

    Precautions

    • If you have a blood disease, talk with your doctor.
    • If you have a bowel disease such as Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis, talk with your doctor.
    • If you have kidney disease, talk with your doctor.
    • If you have liver disease, talk with your doctor.
    • Have your blood work checked often. Talk with your doctor.
    • Check all drugs you are taking with your doctor. This drug may not mix well with some other drugs.
    • Take good care of your teeth. See a dentist often.
    • You may get sunburned more easily. Avoid sun, sunlamps, and tanning beds. Use sunscreen and wear clothing and eyewear that protects you from the sun.
    • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant.

    Side Effects

    • Anemia, low white blood cell count, and low platelet count.
    • Upset stomach or throwing up. Many small meals, good mouth care, sucking hard, sugar-free candy, or chewing sugar-free gum may help.
    • Belly pain.
    • Not hungry.
    • Loose stools.
    • Mouth irritation. Using a soft toothbrush or cotton swabs and rinsing the mouth may help.

    Contact a healthcare provider

    • If you think there was an overdose, call your local poison control center or ER right away.
    • Signs of a very bad reaction to the drug. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.
    • Signs of infection. These include a fever of 100.5°F (38°C) or higher, chills, very bad sore throat, ear or sinus pain, cough, more sputum or change in color of sputum, pain with passing urine, mouth sores, wound that will not heal, or anal itching or pain.
    • Very upset stomach or throwing up.
    • Very bad mouth irritation.
    • Very loose stools.
    • Any bruising or bleeding.
    • Not able to pass urine.
    • Sudden change in eyesight, eye pain, or irritation.
    • Very bad skin irritation.
    • Any rash.
    • Health problem is not better or you are feeling worse.

    General Statements

    • If you have a very bad allergy, wear an allergy ID at all times.
    • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
    • Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
    • Most drugs may be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.
    • In Canada, take any unused drugs to the pharmacy. Also, visit http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/iyh-vsv/med/disposal-defaire-eng.php#th to learn about the right way to get rid of unused drugs.
    • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
    • Call your doctor for help with any side effects. If in the U.S., you may also call the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or if in Canada, you may also call Health Canada's Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.
    • Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
    • Read the package insert for more details.

    Author information
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    The information in this monograph is intended for informational purposes only, and is meant to help users better understand health concerns. Information is based on review of scientific research data, historical practice patterns, and clinical experience. This information should not be interpreted as specific medical advice. Users should consult with a qualified healthcare provider for specific questions regarding therapies, diagnosis and/or health conditions, prior to making therapeutic decisions.


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