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a drug containing gold salts, usually administered with other drugs in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. Gold is potentially toxic and is administered only under the supervision of a specialist in chrysotherapy. Toxic reactions range from mild dermatoses to lethal poisoning. Various radioisotopes of gold have been used in diagnostic radiology and in radiological treatment of certain malignant neoplastic diseases.
Adverse effects GI tract (e.g., diarrhoea, abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting—partially relieved by cromolyn sodium), renal (e.g., nephrotic syndrome, proteinuria, rash, blood dyscrasias, hepatitis)