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EDTA Chelation Therapy - Side Effects

by Hratch L Karamanoukian, MD and Pierre Aoukar, MD
Posted: February 25

Are There Side Effects of EDTA Chelation?

When used appropriately, as approved by the FDA for the treatment of heavy metal poisoning, chelation with EDTA has a low incidence of side effects.

What are the Side Effects of EDTA Chelation?

The most common side effect is a burning sensation at the puncture site where EDTA is delivered intravenously.

Rare side effects can include fever, hypotension (a sudden drop in blood pressure), hypocalcemia (abnormally low calcium levels in the blood), headache, nausea, vomiting, and bone marrow depression.

Injury to the kidneys has been reported with EDTA chelation therapy, but it is rare.

Excerpt from the book: Everything Is Bad For Your Heart: The A to Z Guide, Hratch L Karamanoukian, MD and Pierre Aoukar, MD. Magalhaes Scientific Press

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