Cuprimine is an anti-rheumatic drug that treats patients who have active rheumatoid arthritis that other drugs have not cured, Wilson"s disease, and cystinuria. Also called a Disease Modifying Anti-Rheumatic Drug or DMARD, Cuprimine appears to slow down the progress of the disease, such as the deformities of the joints. Though it is not known how the drug acts on rheumatoid arthritis, its functions are suspected to be related to the reduction of the formation of collagen, the tissue compound from which formation results as a scar tissue from inflammation. Cuprimine may also suppress the immune system. The drug has an agent that is metal binding or chelating which treats a disease caused by genetics that excessively accumulates copper in the body, called Wilson"s disease. Cuprimine binds mercury, cysteine, iron and copper excreted in the urine, a vital mechanism to treat several diseases which are non-rheumatic.
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Cuprimine is used to treat rheumatoid arthritis, Wilson"s disease, and a disorder called cystinuria, which results in kidney stones. Cuprimine treats rheumatoid arthritis as a DMARD, helping reduce the swelling, pain or tenderness in the joints. To treat cystinuria, Cuprimine helps in reducing the levels of the kidney stone-causing substance cystine in the urine. This drug may also be used in the treatment of lead poisoning.
Below you will find the uses for Cuprimine:
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Wilson"s disease
- lead poisoning
Cuprimine dosage is dependent on the individual that it is being administered to. The following dosage is an average dose and could differ among individuals. Do not take a larger dose or more frequent doses without approval from your doctor. Follow your medical professional"s directions carefully for best results.
- 125 to 250 mg every day, titrated as needed up to 500 to 750 mg daily.
- 250 mg 4 times every day with a daily dose of 500, 1500 mg.
- 1 to 4 g every day in 4 doses.
- 1 to 1.5 g per day, divided twice or three times for daily dosing
Cuprimine Side Effects
Cuprimine, like any other drug, comes with its collection of side effects that vary with each individual who uses it. When you first begin taking Cuprimine, watch yourself carefully for any worrying reactions. If you experience any severe side effects, consult with your doctor or medical professional immediately. Below is a list of known side effects. Note that this list is not complete.
- Stomach or abdominal pain
- Loss of appetite
- Vomiting or nausea
- Sense of taste is reduced
- Signs of infection like fever, swollen lymph nodes and sore throat
- Easy bleeding or bruising
- Mouth sores
- Joint pain
- Wrinkling or thinning of the skin
- Unusual tiredness
- Rapid breathing
- Skin blisters
- Change in the amount of urine, bloody or dark urine
- Coughing out blood
- Shortness of breath
- Muscle weakness
- Eye problems like blurred vision or drooping eyelids
- Yellow eyes or skin
- Weight loss
Below you will find a list of drugs and substances that interact with Cuprimine. As with all drugs, before taking Cuprimine, you should make your doctor aware of any medications you may be taking, including prescription and over-the-counter drugs, as well as supplements and herbal remedies. Do not let anyone else take your medication, and consult your physician before taking any new medication. Note that this list is not complete.