Cuprimine (Penicillamine) is indicated for the treatment of Wilson’s disease. It is a condition in which high levels of copper in the body cause damage to the brain, liver, and other organs. This medication is also used for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis and a certain disorder which causes kidney stones or cystinuria.
How does Cuprimine (Penicillamine) work?
For the treatment of Wilson’s disease, this medication binds to copper and helps it to be removed from the body. Reducing copper levels helps to improve liver function and the mood/mental/nerve problems caused by the condition.
For the treatment of a certain disorder which causes kidney stones or cystinuria, this helps to lessen the amount of a certain substance (cystine). It is in the urine which can cause kidney stones.
For the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, this treatment is known as a disease-modifying antirheumatic drug (DMARD). This helps to reduce the pain, tenderness and swelling in the joints.
Why use Cuprimine (Penicillamine)?
Cuprimine (Penicillamine) is classified as a metal binding (chelating) agent. In the year 1970, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved this medication. This is available as capsules for oral administration with the strengths of 125mg or 250mg.
How to use Cuprimine (Penicillamine)?
The recommended dosage will depend on your medical condition.
Cuprimine (Penicillamine) is to be taken by mouth with a full glass of water. It is to be taken on an empty stomach an hour before or 2 hours after a meal. Take this medication at least 1 hour apart from other medicines, food, or milk. Take it regularly and at the same time each day to help you remember it. Follow the prescription of your doctor very carefully.
What are the side-effects of Cuprimine (Penicillamine)?
- Numbness or tingly feeling
- A wound that will not heal
- Ringing in your eyes
- Skin rash or peeling, watery blisters
- Decreased sense of taste
- Skin changes such as wrinkling or pimples
- Loss of appetite
- Stomach pain
Warnings and Precautions
- Before taking this medication, let your doctor know if you have any allergies. Tell also to your doctor if you have any medical history or current medications.
- You should not share this drug with others who have the same symptoms as yours.
- Do not use this longer than prescribed.
- If your pregnant or breastfeeding women, consult your doctor first.
- Keep this away from heat, moisture, and reach of children.