Do not confuse with edetate disodium.
» Administer IM or IV; oral administration may increase absorption of lead.
» Patients with serum lead levels of 70 mcg/dL or more or those with lead encephalopathy should also be treated with dimercaprol (BAL). Administer these medications at separate sites.
: IM is the preferred route for children and patients with lead encephalopathy. Lidocaine or procaine 1% should be added to minimize pain at injection site (1 mL procaine or lidocaine to 1 mL edetate calcium disodium ratio, for a final concentration of 0.5% procaine or lidocaine). Administer deep IM into well-developed muscle; massage well. Rotate sites.IV Adminstration:
Diluent: Dilute in 250500 mL D5W or 0.9% NaCl. Administer daily dose over 812 hr.
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