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Penicillamine (By mouth)

Penicillamine (pen-i-SIL-a-meen)

Treats Wilson's disease (too much copper in your body) and rheumatoid arthritis. Also helps to prevent kidney stones in people who have cystinuria (too much of the amino acid cystine in your urine).

Brand Name(s):

Cuprimine, Depen

There may be other brand names for this medicine.

When This Medicine Should Not Be Used:

You should not use this medicine if you have ever had an allergic reaction to penicillamine, or if you are breastfeeding. Do not use this medicine if you have had blood problems caused by penicillamine in the past. The medicine should not be used by a pregnant woman unless she is being treated for Wilson's disease. You should not use this medicine for rheumatoid arthritis if you also have kidney disease.

How to Use This Medicine:

Tablet, Capsule

If a dose is missed:

How to Store and Dispose of This Medicine:

Drugs and Foods to Avoid:

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

Warnings While Using This Medicine:

Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine:

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:

If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088

Last Updated: 12/12/2016

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