What is gold sodium thiomalate?

Gold sodium thiomalate is no longer available in the United States.

Gold sodium thiomalate is a prescription medication used as part of a treatment program for rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in people who have not responded to other treatments. Gold sodium thiomalate is a type of drug called a disease-modifying antirheumatic drug. It works by decreasing swelling and stiffness in joints throughout the body. Gold sodium thiomalate should not be used on its own, but always along with other medications or therapies. Gold sodium thiomalate is given by injection at a hospital, clinic or doctor's office. It's usually injected into the buttocks, and you must lie down during the injection and for about 10 minutes afterward. For the first few weeks, gold sodium thiomalate is injected once a week, and then your doctor may decrease your dosage to once every two or three weeks. Make sure you don't miss any scheduled appointments for injections. It may take several months before you notice the full effects of gold sodium thiomalate.

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