Last update Aug. 12, 2014


Likely Compatibility

Fairly safe. Mild or unlikely adverse effects. Compatible under certain circumstances. Follow-up recommended. Read Commentary.

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 team of health professionals, and are based on updated scientific publications. It is not intended to replace the relationship you have with your doctor but to compound it. The pharmaceutical industry contraindicates breastfeeding, mistakenly and without scientific reasons, in most of the drug data sheets.

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
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 Abstract Full text (link to original source) Full text (in our servers)

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