A severe and sometimes fatal side effect called retinoic acid-acute promyelocytic leukemia (RA-APL) or APL differentiation syndrome has been reported with use of Arsenic in some patients. Contact your doctor immediately if you experience fever, shortness of breath, tightness in the chest, or weight gain.
Use of Arsenic may increase your risk for serious and even fatal heart problems, including irregular heartbeat or heart block. Your risk may be higher if you are taking medicine that may also increase your risk for irregular heartbeat or certain types of diuretics (potassium-wasting), or if you have a history of irregular heartbeat or electrocardiogram (ECG) abnormalities, congestive heart failure, or low blood levels of potassium or magnesium.
Lab tests, including an ECG, blood electrolyte levels, and creatinine levels, should be performed before and during use of Arsenic to monitor your progress and to check for side effects. Contact your doctor immediately if you experience fainting of fast or irregular heartbeat.
Treating a certain type of cancer (APL) in certain patients. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.
Arsenic is a chemotherapy agent. The way it works is not completely understood. It may work by blocking the growth of cancer cells.
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Some medical conditions may interact with Arsenic . Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Arsenic . Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:
This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Arsenic may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.
Use Arsenic as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Arsenic .
All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:
Agitation; blurred vision; chills; constipation; cough; darkening of skin; diarrhea; dizziness; drowsiness; dry eyes, mouth, or skin; earache; eye pain or irritation; flushing; headache; increased sweating; indigestion; loss of appetite; mouth sores; muscle, joint, or bone pain; nausea; nosebleed; numbness or tingling of the skin; pain, swelling, or redness at the injection site; pale skin; postnasal drip; ringing in the ears; skin lesions; sore throat; stomach pain, tenderness, or bloating; swelling of the eyelid; tiredness; trouble sleeping; vomiting; weakness; weight loss.Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching, difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); anxiety, confusion, or depression; black or bloody stools; bleeding between menstrual periods; chest pain; convulsions; decreased urination; fainting; fast heartbeat; fever; increased thirst or urination; irregular heart rate; loss of bowel or bladder control; loss of consciousness; rapid breathing; seizures; severe dizziness; severe weakness; skin shedding at the injection site; spitting up of blood; sudden weight gain; swelling of ankles, feet, or hands; tremors; trouble breathing; unusual bruising or bleeding; vaginal bleeding; wheezing.
This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.
Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (http://www.aapcc.org), or emergency room immediately. Symptoms may include confusion; convulsions; muscle weakness.Proper storage of Arsenic :
Store Arsenic at 77 degrees F (25 degrees C). Storage between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C) is permitted. Do not freeze. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Arsenic out of the reach of children and away from pets.
This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Arsenic . If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.