Health Library

  • tromethamine
 

tromethamine

Pronunciation: troe METH a meen

Brand: Tham

What is the most important information I should know about tromethamine?

Multum donot

You should not receive this medication if you have uremia (urea circulating in your blood), or if you are unable to urinate (such as due to kidney failure).

Before receiving tromethamine, tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs, or if you have asthma, kidney disease, or congestive heart failure.

Multum emt

Tell your caregivers right away if you have any swelling or rapid weight gain, shortness of breath, weak or shallow breathing, swelling or skin changes where the medicine was injected, fast heart rate, or feeling like you might pass out.

What is tromethamine?

Tromethamine affects the balance of water and electrolytes in the body.

Tromethamine is used to treat metabolic acidosis (an electrolyte imbalance). Metabolic acidosis can have many causes. It often occurs after heart bypass surgery or cardiac arrest.

Tromethamine may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.

What should I discuss with my health care provider before receiving tromethamine?

Multum donot

You should not receive this medication if you have uremia (urea circulating in your blood) or if you are unable to urinate (such as due to kidney failure).

If possible, before you receive tromethamine, tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs, or if you have:

  • kidney disease;
  • congestive heart failure; or
  • asthma or other breathing problems.

If you have any of these conditions, you may not be able to receive tromethamine, or you may need dosage adjustments or special tests during treatment.

Multum nopreg

FDA pregnancy category C. This medication may be harmful to an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.

Multum nobrfeed

It is not known whether tromethamine passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not receive this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

In an emergency situation, it may not be possible before you are treated with tromethamine to tell your caregivers about any health conditions you have or if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. However, make sure any doctor caring for your pregnancy or your baby knows that you have received this medication.

How is tromethamine given?

Tromethamine is given as an injection under the skin or into a muscle. You will receive this injection in a clinic or hospital setting. The medicine must be given slowly through an IV infusion.

Tromethamine is often given for only a short period of time, such as one day. The length of time you receive treatment will depend on how your body responds to the medication.

To be sure this medication is not causing harmful effects, your blood and heart function will need to be checked throughout your treatment.

After treatment with tromethamine, you will be closely watched and tested to make sure the medication has been effective and you no longer have any effects of metabolic acidosis.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Since tromethamine is usually given as needed in a hospital setting, it is not likely that you will miss a dose.

What happens if I overdose?

Multum emt

Seek emergency medical attention if you think you have received too much of this medicine.

Overdose symptoms may include fast heart rate, rapid weight gain, trouble breathing; confusion, sweating, or seizure (convulsions).

What should I avoid after receiving tromethamine?

Follow your doctor's instructions about any restrictions on food, beverages, or activity after your treatment with tromethamine.

What are the possible side effects of tromethamine?

Multum emt

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Multum emt

Tell your caregivers at once if you have any of these serious side effects:

  • swelling, rapid weight gain, feeling short of breath;
  • weak or shallow breathing;
  • pain, swelling, or skin changes where the medicine was injected;
  • fast heart rate; or
  • feeling like you might pass out.

Less serious side effects may include:

  • hunger, weakness;
  • confusion, irritability;
  • drowsiness, dizziness, tremors;
  • headache, weakness; or
  • increased sweating.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Tell your doctor about any unusual or bothersome side effect. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What other drugs will affect tromethamine?

Before receiving tromethamine, tell your doctor if you have recently used any type of medication that can slow your breathing, such as a narcotic pain reliever.

This list is not complete and there may be other drugs that can interact with tromethamine. Tell your doctor about all your prescription and over-the-counter medications, vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.

Where can I get more information?

Your doctor or pharmacist can provide more information about tromethamine.


Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.

Every effort has been made to ensure that the information provided by Cerner Multum, Inc. ('Multum') is accurate, up-to-date, and complete, but no guarantee is made to that effect. Drug information contained herein may be time sensitive. Multum information has been compiled for use by healthcare practitioners and consumers in the United States and therefore Multum does not warrant that uses outside of the United States are appropriate, unless specifically indicated otherwise. Multum's drug information does not endorse drugs, diagnose patients or recommend therapy. Multum's drug information is an informational resource designed to assist licensed healthcare practitioners in caring for their patients and/or to serve consumers viewing this service as a supplement to, and not a substitute for, the expertise, skill, knowledge and judgment of healthcare practitioners. The absence of a warning for a given drug or drug combination in no way should be construed to indicate that the drug or drug combination is safe, effective or appropriate for any given patient. Multum does not assume any responsibility for any aspect of healthcare administered with the aid of information Multum provides. The information contained herein is not intended to cover all possible uses, directions, precautions, warnings, drug interactions, allergic reactions, or adverse effects. If you have questions about the drugs you are taking, check with your doctor, nurse or pharmacist.

Copyright 1996-2013 Cerner Multum, Inc. Version: 1.04. Revision date: 12/15/2010.

Your use of the content provided in this service indicates that you have read, understood and agree to the End-User License Agreement, which can be accessed by clicking on this link.

This information does not replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise, Incorporated disclaims any warranty or liability for your use of this information. Your use of this information means that you agree to the Terms of Use. How this information was developed to help you make better health decisions.

Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.

First Nurse

First Nurse

Call First Nurse 24 Hours a Day for free health care advice, resources and referrals!

Ames: 515-239-6877
In Iowa: 800-524-6877 

Search health information online in our Mulimedia Health Library.

High Quality Care

Guardian of Excellence

Mary Greeley consistently delivers high quality patient care.

  • 2013 Guardian of Excellence Award for Clinical Quality
  • Grade 'A' Patient Safety from the Leapfrog Group
  • 2013 Top Performer on Key Quality Measures ranking from The Joint Commission
  • Highest percentage bonus of any Iowa hospital in Medicare's quality incentive program

Mary Greeley on Facebook

Like us on Facebook

Patient Privacy | Net Learning for Employees | MGMC PACS for Physicians
Emergency Preparedness

1111 Duff Avenue Ames, IA 50010 - 515-239-2011 - yourhealth.mgmc@mgmc.com

©2014 Mary Greeley Medical Center - All rights reserved.