It takes months for gold compounds to leave the body. This
means that side effects to gold therapy may take some time to resolve. Sometimes side
effects even appear after the last gold injection.
Rash and a metallic taste in the mouth are side effects of gold injections that may not seem serious at first. However, they are early warning signs for more serious reactions. If either of these side effects develop, the health care provider should be contacted promptly.
Some side effects may cause multiple symptoms, not all of which may occur. Side effects with multiple symptoms are:
1. Low platelet count (thrombocytopenia). Most often this appears to be an immunological disturbance that results in an accelerated degradation of platelets. Symptoms may include: black, tarry stools, blood in urine, stool, or vomit, small red dots on the skin, nose bleeds, unusual bruising or bleeding.