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Chelation Therapy

Alternate Names : Chelation Treatment

Chelation Therapy | Preparation & Expectations | Home Care and Complications

What happens later at home?

No home care is usually needed. If unusual symptoms occur after treatment, such as dizziness, vomiting, or chest pain, the doctor should be contacted.

What are the potential complications after the procedure?

Side effects depend on the agent used.

  • EDTA can cause kidney damage, fever, and fatigue.
  • Penicillamine can cause anemia and a condition called systemic lupus erythematosus.
  • Succimer can cause stomach upset, skin rash, and liver damage.
  • Other agents may also be used, each with its own side effects. The doctor will discuss side effects before the procedure.

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    Chelation Therapy: Preparation & Expectations


    Author: Eileen McLaughlin, RN, BSN
    Reviewer: Adam Brochert, MD
    Date Reviewed: 02/08/02

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