Headaches: This is
generally from a low blood sugar level. To prevent this from happening, eat before
or during the treatment. A common recommendation for the prevention of the
'EDTA-headaches' is to eat a semi to ripe banana during the first hour of infusion.
Local skin irritation: This
is generally from a deficiency in zinc and vitamin B6. Supplementation of these nutrients are recommended during
Nausea or stomach upset:
Generally due to a deficiency of vitamin B6. It is manifested in less than 1 percent of
the patients receiving chelation therapy. It is best treated by B6 supplementation,
although short term relief (up to eight hours) from nausea can be achieved by
Diarrhea: Very very few
people undergoing chelation therapy experience this discomfort. Take plenty of rest.
Eat a diet that consists of plenty of liquids. Avoid spicy food. Frequency
of urination goes up as the kidney efficiency improves. A weight loss (from fluid excretion) of 3
pounds (1.3 to 2.2 kg) is common after an infusion especially if the patient
suffered from fluid retention before chelation therapy.
Feeling like fainting: This
is generally due to a drop in blood pressure. It is common for those who had
high blood pressure that returns to more normal levels as a result of the
treatment. If the blood pressure was normal to start with, it could drop slightly
after the infusion. This may lead to to feeling of faintness on standing after
sitting or lying. If this happens, rest for an hour or so. Keep your feet higher than your
head so as to allow the blood to flow into the brain. Take a supplement containing the
amino acid tyrosine to help restore normal pressure levels if this symptom persists.
Extreme fatigue: This is
usually from a general nutrient deficiency of minerals such as magnesium, zinc or
potassium. Taking a potassium rich supplements and/or the regular eating of
potassium rich foods are suggested before and during chelation (grapes, bananas, peaches,
potato skins), as this mineral may be removed during the chelation therapy.
Fever: Very few people
(less than 0.02 percent of those undergoing the treatment) may develop fever during the day
after chelation therapy sessions. If this happens to you, make sure you tell your
therapist. This condition, left on its own, normally resolves on its own.
About 5 percent of
the patients report cramps usually at night. It is treated best by administering
supplemental magnesium either orally or as an additive to EDTA infusion mixture. If
magnesium is added to the infusion, it is generally in the form of magnesium chloride or
magnesium sulfate. Such additions also reduce the chance of local skin irritation at the
site of the infusion.
Pain in the joints: This
is generally reported by patients who take frequent (three weekly) infusions. If this
happens, reduce the number of infusions to one per week. Your
therapist may also reduce the dosage of EDTA administered, if strong flulike aches
develop. The symptoms generally disappear if you follow these recommendations.