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Last Updated: December 14, 2018

Penicillamine, is essentially an anti-rheumatic drug that is used to treat rheumatoid arthritis, by slowing its progression and improving daily functionality. It is also used to treat Wilson’s disease, which basically is the excessive accumulation of copper in the body. It is a metal binding agent that helps to remove this excess copper.

This medicine is not to be prescribed if you are allergic to any ingredient in it or penicillin. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, have kidney problems, or are using anti-malarial or cytotoxic medicines, this should not be prescribed.

Penicillamine is to be taken on an empty stomach, either an hour before a meal or two hours after it. Take it two hours before or after medicines containing iron, magnesium and aluminum. The medicine takes about one to three months to take effect.

Some of the side effects of Penicillamine include diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, cramps, itching, rashes, lip swelling, etc. It is important that patients taking this medicine get regular blood and urine tests done so as to monitor any side effects.

Information given here is based on the salt and content of the medicine. Effect and uses of medicine may vary from person to person. It is advicable to consult a Internal Medicine Specialist before using this medicine.

  • Protein In Urine

  • Reduced Blood Platelets

  • Is It safe with alcohol?

    Interaction with alcohol is unknown. Please consult your doctor.
  • Are there any pregnancy warnings?

    Cilamin 250mg capsule is unsafe to use during pregnancy.
    There is positive evidence of human fetal risk, but the benefits from use in pregnant women may be acceptable despite the risk, for example in life-threatening situations. Please consult your doctor.
  • Are there any breast-feeding warnings?

    Unknown. Human and animal studies are not available. Please consult your doctor.
  • Is it safe to drive while on this medicine?

    There is no data available. Please consult doctor before consuming the drug.
  • Does this affect kidney function?

    Caution to be advised in patients with impaired renal function.
  • Does this affect liver function?

    There is no data available. Please consult doctor before consuming the drug.
  • Are there any missed dose instructions?

    If you miss a dose of Penicillamine, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular schedule. Do not double the dose.

Below is the list of medicines, which contains Penicillamine as ingredient

Penicillamine is a chelating agent that combines with excess copper molecules in case of Wilson’s disease or cysteine molecules in case of Cystinuria present in the body .The resulting combination gets excreted through urine thus helping in treatment of the diseases.

Whenever you take more than one medicine, or mix it with certain foods or beverages, you"re at risk of a drug interaction.

  • Interaction with Medicine

    Troykcl 1.5Gm Injection


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