Last update: Aug. 12, 2014


Low Risk for breastfeeding

Moderately safe. Probably compatible.
Mild risk possible. Follow up recommended.
Read the Comment.

Chelating drug used for deintoxication of arsenic, gold, mercury or lead. Recommended dosage for children is available.

Lying on the type of intoxication has occurred breastfeeding should be stopped. Breast milk should be pumped out and dispose while the deintoxication process is going on.

Avoid in patients with G-6-P dehydrogenase deficiency, premature or newborn babies.

Not commercially available in Spain.


We do not have alternatives for Dimercaprol.

Suggestions made at e-lactancia are done by APILAM´s pediatricians and pharmacists, and are based on updated scientific publications.
It is not intended to replace the relationship you have with your doctor but to compound it.

Jose Maria Paricio, Founder & President of APILAM/e-Lactancia

Your contribution is essential for this service to continue to exist. We need the generosity of people like you who believe in the benefits of breastfeeding.

Thank you for helping to protect and promote breastfeeding.

José María Paricio, founder of e-lactancia.

Other names

Dimercaprol is also known as


Variable Value Unit
Molecular weight 124 daltons
Tmax 1 hours
T1/2 4 hours


  1. WHO / UNICEF. BREASTFEEDING AND MATERNAL MEDICATION Recommendations for Drugs in the Eleventh WHO Model List of Essential Drugs. Department of Child and Adolescent Health and Development (WHO/UNICEF) 2002 Full text (link to original source) Full text (in our servers)

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