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Germanium

What is it?

Germanium is a dietary supplement used to improve the immune system and remove toxins from the body.

Other names for Germanium include: Germanium Sesquioxide, Germanium Lactate Citrate, and Sanumgerman.

Ask your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist if you need more information about this medicine or if any information in this leaflet concerns you.

Before Using:

Tell your doctor if you

  • are taking medicine or are allergic to any medicine (prescription or over-the-counter (OTC) or dietary supplement)
  • are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medicine
  • are breastfeeding
  • have other health problems, such as high blood pressure or heart or blood vessel disease

Dosage:

Talk with your caregiver about how much Germanium you should take. The amount depends on the strength of the medicine and the reason you are taking Germanium. If you are using this medicine without instructions from your caregiver, follow the directions on the medicine bottle. Do not take more medicine or take it more often than the directions tell you to.

To store this medicine:

Keep all medicine locked up and away from children. Store medicine away from heat and direct light. Do not store your medicine in the bathroom, near the kitchen sink, or in other damp places. Heat or moisture may cause the medicine to break down and not work the way it should work. Throw away medicine that is out of date or that you do not need. Never share your medicine with others.

Drug and Food Interactions:

Do not take Germanium without talking to your doctor first if you are taking:

  • Water pills (examples: furosemide (Lasix(R)), torsemide (Demadex(R)))

Warnings:

  • Before taking Germanium, tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding

Side Effects:

Stop taking your medicine right away and talk to your doctor if you have any of the following side effects. Your medicine may be causing these symptoms which may mean you are allergic to it.

  • Breathing problems or tightness in your throat or chest
  • Chest pain
  • Skin hives, rash, or itchy or swollen skin

Other Side Effects:

You may have the following side effects, but this medicine may also cause other side effects. Tell your doctor if you have side effects that you think are caused by this medicine.

  • Anemia (low iron in blood) (2)
  • Diabetes (problems with the amount of sugar in your blood) (2)
  • Dizziness (3)
  • Infection of sac that is around heart (2)
  • Kidney problems (1)
  • Muscle weakness (4)
  • Nausea (upset stomach) and vomiting (throwing up) (2)
  • Nerve problems (2)
  • No interest in eating (1)
  • Thyroid gland problems (2)
  • Weight loss (1)

References:

1. Kim K, Lim C & Kim S: Nephropathy and neuropathy induced by a germanium-containing compound. Nephrol Dial Transplant 1998; 13(12):3218-3219.

2. Luck B, Mann H, Melzer H et al: Renal and other organ failure caused by germanium intoxication. Nephrol Dial Transplant 1999; 14(10):2464-2468.

3. Krapf R, Schaffner T & Iten P: Abuse of germanium associated with fatal lactic acidosis. Nephron 1992; 62:351-356.

4. Higuchi I, Izumo S, Kuriyama M et al: Germanium myopathy: clinical and experimental pathological studies. Acta Neuropathol 1989; 79:300-304.

5. Takeuchi A, Yohitzawa N, Oshima S et al: Nephrotoxicity of germanium compounds: report of a case and review of the literature. Nephr 1992; 60(4):436-442.


Last Updated: 4/4/2014

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