What should I know about sodium thiosulfate IV before receiving it?

Before receiving sodium thiosulfate intravenously, you should let your doctor know about any allergic reactions that you have had in the past. This includes reactions to any medications, as well as reactions to more common things like animals, food or food additives. Let your doctor know if you smoke. You also should discuss your food and alcohol intake with your doctor, as well as any and all other medications (both prescription and over-the-counter) that you are taking. Pregnant women, especially those experiencing toxemia (preeclampsia), should discuss possible issues with their doctor.

Retention of water can be increased when you take sodium thiosulfate IV, which is why it can be a problem for pregnant women with toxemia. Women who are breastfeeding should discuss possible risks with their doctor, as it is not known if taking sodium thiosulfate may be harmful to the baby. You should let your doctor know if you have any issues with kidney, liver or heart disease. Your doctor also needs to know if you have experienced any swelling in your feet or lower legs, as well as any history that you have of high blood pressure.   

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