Gold Sodium Thiomalate is used to treat patients with severe rheumatoid arthritis. This is for those who have not responded to or cannot take other medications. Gold Sodium Thiomalate is used as part of a complete treatment program to treat active rheumatoid arthritis. This medication decreases the pain that occurs with arthritis by lessening inflammation.
How does Gold Sodium Thiomalate work?
Gold Sodium Thiomalate lessens the inflammation of the joint lining. This also prevents the inflammation from destroying the bone cartilage surrounding the joint. Gold Sodium Thiomalate may also be referred to as second-line drugs. It is because they are frequently considered when arthritis persists in spite of the use of anti-inflammatory drugs.
Why use Gold Sodium Thiomalate?
Gold Sodium Thiomalate is known as a disease-modifying antirheumatic drug (DMARD). This lessens morning stiffness and pain or swelling in joints. This may also increase grip strength. Gold Sodium Thiomalate is supplied as a sterile aqueous solution. This contains 0.5 percent Benzyl alcohol as a preservative. This prescription is already approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
How to use Gold Sodium Thiomalate?
This is to be injected into a muscle by your doctor. It is usually at the buttock. You will need to lie down during your injection. You may also need to lie down for 10 minutes after injecting to lower the risk of side effects. After it, you will be monitored for 15 minutes. Gold Sodium Thiomalate is usually given once a week or as directed by your doctor.
The dosage is based on your medical condition, age, and response. Once you have an improvement in your condition, your doctor may lessen the medication to once every 2-3 weeks or less. Let your doctor know if your condition persists or gets worse.
What are the side effects of Gold Sodium Thiomalate?
- Stomach cramps
Warnings and Precautions
- You should not receive this medication if you have ever had an allergic reaction to a gold medication.
- Before using this, tell your doctor if you have liver disease, kidney disease, or heart disease.
- Let your doctor know about all the other medicines you see, especially anti-malaria drugs or blood pressure medications.
- If you are breastfeeding women, do not use Gold Sodium Thiomalate.
- Consult your doctor if you are pregnant or planning to get pregnant.
- If there are any signs of an allergic reaction call your doctor right away.