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What can you take to treat Aluminum Poisoning that is causing

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What can you take to treat Aluminum Poisoning that is causing personality change?

Dr. D.J. :

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Dr. D.J. :

Hi there,


This is Dr. D.J., experienced Internal Medicine Specialist.


I am here to address your concerns and provide great service.

Dr. D.J. :

How did you find out that you have aluminium poisoning?

Customer:

All the symptoms for aluminum poisoning I have. Had all other tests done.

Customer:

Was using an anti persperent often

Dr. D.J. :

what is your serum aluminium concentration?

Customer:

I don't know. It is high because I have been suffering for a few years and am having episodes very often.

Dr. D.J. :

This is important to find out first.

Dr. D.J. :

The levels above 200 mcg/L requires measures to bring it down to below 200 mcg/L

Dr. D.J. :

Do you have chronic kidney disease?

Customer:

I was told to take citrus magnesia that it would clear it out of me. No kidney disease. All tests show no medical problem.

Dr. D.J. :

Ok this is rare without any kidney disease.

Dr. D.J. :

However, there is a medication called deferoxamine.

Dr. D.J. :

Deferoxamine is a chelating agent that reduces the aluminium level.

Dr. D.J. :

This is given in infusion form.

Dr. D.J. :

IM injections also available.

Dr. D.J. :

Usual dose 500 to 1000 mg daily.

Dr. D.J. :

However, there are side effects like fungal infectio called mucormycosis and nerve toxicity.

Dr. D.J. :

So the benefits must be weighed against the side effects.

Dr. D.J. :

if you have several symptoms of aluminium toxicity, then this may be a viable option for you.

Customer:

When I have an episode I slur my words and become agitated

Dr. D.J. :

ok

Dr. D.J. :

this will go away with the treatment.

Customer:

How serious are the side effects

Dr. D.J. :

mucor infection --generalized fungal infection or in the brain.

Dr. D.J. :

also hearing loss, vision loss.

Dr. D.J. :

These are not common but serious side effects.

Customer:

Have you experienced treating aluminum poisoning with any patient and if you have has anyone been affected with mucor infection

Dr. D.J. :

Yes i have but only in patients with chronic kidney disease.

Dr. D.J. :

We try hemodialysis initially to remove excess aluminium.

Dr. D.J. :

The we use deferoxamine when aluminium level falls below 200.

Dr. D.J. :

This population is more at risk of side effects than otherwise normal individual.

Dr. D.J. :

I have seen 1-2% mucormycosis cases.

Dr. D.J. :

Unfortunately, the fatality was about 70%.

Dr. D.J. :

Mucormycosis is difficult to treat in vulnerable patients.

Customer:

So this is a highly risky drug to take. How long are you required to take deforoxamine to rid your body on the aluminum

Dr. D.J. :

usually at least a month.

Dr. D.J. :

your risk of getting mucormycosis is lower than people with kidney disease

Customer:

Is it possible for me to print this information

Dr. D.J. :

yes ofcourse.

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