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Bal in Oil Ampules

Last reviewed on RxList: 5/22/2007
Bal in Oil Ampules Side Effects Center

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.

Bal in Oil Ampules Consumer Information

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

Tell your caregiver right away if you have:

  • severe drowsiness, severe headache;
  • severe nausea or vomiting, stomach pain;
  • pain or pressure in your throat or chest;
  • anxiety, restless feeling, rapid heartbeats;
  • pain, tingling, or tight feeling in your hands;
  • burning sensation in your mouth and throat;
  • burning sensation in your penis;
  • red or watery eyes, twitching eyelids;
  • runny nose, increased salivation; or
  • signs of a kidney problem--little or no urinating; painful or difficult urination; swelling in your feet or ankles; feeling tired or short of breath.

Common side effects include:

  • weakness;
  • headache;
  • fever (especially in children); or
  • pain or a hard lump where the medicine was injected.

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.

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

Bal in Oil Ampules Professional Information

SIDE EFFECTS

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)

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© Bal in Oil Ampules Patient Information is supplied by Cerner Multum, Inc. and Bal in Oil Ampules Consumer information is supplied by First Databank, Inc., used under license and subject to their respective copyrights.

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