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Sodium Antimony Gluconate



Sodium antimony gluconate is used to treat various types of leishmaniasis (a protozoal infection also known as kala azar) such as cutaneous leishmaniasis (sores on skin), mucocutaneous leishmaniasis (sores in your nose, mouth and throat), and visceral (affecting internal organs like the liver) leishmaniasis.

How it works

Sodium antimony gluconate belongs to the class of drugs called pentavalent antimonials. It inhibits DNA multiplication thereby inhibiting the protozoal load in the system and hence reduces the infection.

Common side effects

Vomiting, Nausea, Abdominal pain, Facial swelling, Allergic reaction, Skin rash, Muscle pain, Joint pain, Loss of appetite, Fatigue, Sleepiness


Expert advice

  • Use with caution if you have cardiovascular disease or liver disease.
  • You will be regularly monitored for liver function tests or heart rhythm by means of electrocardiogram if you have any liver or heart disorders.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding.
  • Do not take if you are allergic to sodium antimony gluconate or any of its ingredients.
  • Do not take if you are with severe liver disease. 

Content on this page was last updated on 30 September, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)