Description and Brand Names

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US Brand Name

  1. Cuprimine
  2. Depen


Penicillamine is used in the treatment of medical problems such as Wilson's disease (too much copper in the body) and rheumatoid arthritis. Also, it is used to prevent kidney stones. Penicillamine may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

In addition to the helpful effects of this medicine, it has side effects that can be very serious. Before you take penicillamine, be sure that you have discussed the use of it with your doctor.

This medicine is available only with your doctor's prescription.

Once a product has been approved for marketing for a certain use, experience may show that it is also useful for other medical problems. Although this use is not included in product labeling, penicillamine is used in certain patients with the following conditions:

  • Felty's syndrome
  • Heavy metal toxicity
  • Rheumatoid vasculitis

This product is available in the following dosage forms:

  • Capsule
  • Tablet