Pentetate Calcium Trisodium

Pentetate Calcium Trisodium

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Side Effects & Adverse Reactions

Ca-DTPA is associated with depletion of endogenous trace metals (e.g., zinc, magnesium, manganese). The magnitude of depletion increases with split daily dosing, with increasing dose, and with increased treatment duration. (See CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY, Pharmacodynamics, Adverse Metabolic Effects). Only a single initial dose of Ca-DTPA is recommended. After the initial single dose of Ca-DTPA, if additional chelation therapy is indicated, it is recommended that therapy be continued with Zn-DTPA. (See Zn-DTPA labeling) If Zn-DTPA is not available, chelation therapy may continue with Ca-DTPA but mineral supplements containing zinc should be given concomitantly, as appropriate.

Ca-DTPA should be used with caution in individuals with severe hemochromatosis. Deaths have been reported in patients with severe hemochromatosis that received up to 4 times the recommended daily dose, for more than 1 day, by IM injection. Causal association with these events and drug has not been established. (See OVERDOSE).

Nebulized chelation therapy may be associated with exacerbation of asthma. Caution should be exercised when administering Ca-DTPA by the inhalation route. (See ADVERSE REACTIONS)

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Ca-DTPA is indicated for treatment of individuals with known or suspected internal contamination with plutonium, americium, or curium to increase the rates of elimination.


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Other Information

Pentetate calcium trisodium injection contains the sodium salt of calcium diethylenetriaminepentaacetate. Pentetate calcium trisodium is also known as trisodium calcium diethylenetriaminepentaacetate and is commonly referred to as Ca-DTPA. It has a molecular formula of Na3CaC14H18N3O10 and a molecular weight of 497.4 Daltons. It is represented by the following structural formula:

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Ca-DTPA is supplied as a clear, colorless, hyperosmolar (1260 mOsmol/kg) solution in a colorless ampoule containing 5 mL. The ampoule contents are sterile, non-pyrogenic and suitable for intravenous administration. Each mL of solution contains the equivalent of 200 mg pentetate calcium trisodium (obtained from 158.17 mg pentetic acid, 40.24 mg calcium carbonate and NaOH) in water for injection, USP. The pH of the solution is adjusted with NaOH and is between 7.3 - 8.3.

Pentetate Calcium Trisodium Manufacturers

  • Hameln Pharmaceuticals
    Pentetate Calcium Trisodium (Pentetate Calcium Trisodium) Injection, Solution, Concentrate [Hameln Pharmaceuticals]

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