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Generic: dimercaprol
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It is used to treat arsenic, mercury, gold, and lead poisoning

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What is this medicine?

DIMERCAPROL (dahy mer KAP rawl) binds with heavy metals in the body. It is used to treat arsenic, mercury, gold, and lead poisoning.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • G6PD deficiency
  • iron, cadmium, or selenium poisoning
  • kidney disease
  • liver disease
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to dimercaprol, peanuts, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast- feeding

How should I use this medicine?

This medicine is for injection into a muscle. It is given by a health care professional in a hospital or clinic setting.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

What if I miss a dose?

This does not apply.

What may interact with this medicine?

Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
  • cadmium
  • gold compounds like auranofin, aurothioglucose
  • iron salts or supplements
  • selenium

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Your condition will be monitored carefully while you are receiving this medicine.

You may need to follow a special diet for a short time after you take this medicine. Follow your doctor or health care professional's instructions carefully.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
  • pain or tightness in the chest, hands or throat
  • fast, irregular heartbeat
  • fever
  • high blood pressure
  • irritation, pain at site where injected
  • seizures
  • sweating

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • burning sensation of the lips, mouth, throat, or penis
  • headache
  • increase in saliva, tears
  • nausea, vomiting
  • runny nose
  • stomach pain

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