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n. a drug that binds metals and therefore aids their excretion (see chelating agent). It is used to treat Wilson’s disease, lead poisoning, and severe rheumatoid arthritis (see disease-modifying antirheumatic drug). It is administered by mouth and may cause blood disorders (blood counts should be carried out during treatment); other side-effects include nausea, loss of taste, and rashes. Trade name: Distamine.

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