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Bal in Oil Ampules

Bal in Oil Ampules Side Effects Center

Medical Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP

Last reviewed on RxList 6/13/2016

Bal in Oil Ampules (dimercarprol injection) is a chelating agent used to treat poisoning with arsenic, gold, or mercury. Bal in Oil Ampules is also used together with another medication called edetate disodium (EDTA) to treat lead poisoning. Common side effects of Bal in Oil Ampules include:

  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • stomach pain
  • numbness or tingling (especially around your mouth)
  • headache
  • eye redness
  • eye swelling or watering
  • eyelid twitching
  • runny nose
  • increased sweating
  • fever
  • fast heart rate, or
  • injection site reactions (pain, redness, or swelling)

Dosing of Bal in Oil Ampules depends on the type and severity of the poisoning, and is based on the patient's body weight. Bal in Oil Ampules may interact with other drugs. Tell your doctor all medications and supplements you use. Bal in Oil Ampules may be harmful to a fetus and is not recommended in pregnant women unless prescribed. It is unknown if this drug passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.

Our Bal in Oil Ampules (dimercarprol injection) Side Effects Drug Center provides a comprehensive view of available drug information on the potential side effects when taking this medication.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What is Patient Information in Detail?

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Bal in Oil Ampules in Detail - Patient Information: Side Effects

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Tell your caregivers at once if you have any of these serious side effects:

  • fast heart rate, feeling anxious or restless;
  • pain or tightness in your throat, chest, or hands;
  • burning sensation of your throat, mouth, or lips; or
  • burning sensation in your penis.

Less serious side effects include:

  • nausea, vomiting, stomach pain;
  • numbness or tingling (especially around your mouth);
  • headache;
  • eye redness, swelling, or watering;
  • twitching of your eyelid;
  • runny nose;
  • increased sweating;
  • mild fever; or
  • pain, redness, or swelling where the needle is placed.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Tell your doctor about any unusual or bothersome side effect. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Read the entire detailed patient monograph for Bal in Oil Ampules (Dimercarprol Injection)

What is Prescribing information?

The FDA package insert formatted in easy-to-find categories for health professionals and clinicians.

Bal in Oil Ampules FDA Prescribing Information: Side Effects
(Adverse Reactions)


One of the most consistent responses to Dimercaprol Injection USP is a rise in blood pressure accompanied by tachycardia. This rise is roughly proportional to the dose administered. Doses larger than those recommended may cause other transitory signs and symptoms in approximate order of frequency as follows: (1) nausea and, in some instance, vomiting; (2) headache; (3) a burning sensation in the lips, mouth and throat; (4) a feeling of constriction, even pain, in the throat, chest, or hands; (5) conjunctivitis, lacrimation, blepharal spasm, rhinorrhea, and salivation; (6) tingling of the hands; (7) a burning sensation in the penis; (8) sweating of the forehead, hands and other areas; (9) abdominal pain; and (10) occasional appearance of painful sterile abscesses. Many of the above symptoms are accompanied by a feeling of anxiety, weakness, and unrest and often are relieved by administration of antihistamine.

Drug Abuse And Dependence

Dimercaprol Injection USP is not a controlled substance listed in any other Drug Enforcement Administration schedules. Its use is not known to lead to dependence or abuse.

Read the entire FDA prescribing information for Bal in Oil Ampules (Dimercarprol Injection)

Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration


You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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