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What should I know about Ca-DTPA before receiving it?

Ca-DTPA is administered to prevent continued life-threatening health effects that result from exposure to radiation. Ca-DTPA does not treat or cure health deterioration that has already occurred. It is most effective when administered within 24 hours of exposure. Tell your doctor if you have any of the following medical conditions before you receive Ca-DTPA: allergies to medicines, foods or other substances; iron overload, an iron storage disease or if you are undergoing iron therapy; asthma; kidney problems; or low magnesium, zinc or manganese levels in your blood. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, breastfeeding or think you may be pregnant. Also, inform your doctor of any prescription or nonprescription medicines, herbal preparations or dietary supplements that you take. Doctors do not know of any specific medications or foods that interact with Ca-DTPA.

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