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BAL in Oil

Generic name: dimercaprol [DYE-mer-KAP-rol]
Drug class: antidotes

What is BAL in oil?

BAL in oil is a chelating agent (pronounced "KEE-late") that is used to remove heavy metals (such as mercury or lead) from blood.BAL Oil can be used to treat arsenic poisoning, mercury poisoning, or gold poisoning. The oil is used in conjunction with a medicine called edetate diodium (EDTA) to treat lead poisoning.BAL Oil can be used in other ways not mentioned in this guide.

Side effects of BAL in Oil

If you experience any of the following symptoms of an allergic reaction, seek immediate medical attention: hives, difficulty breathing, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue, and throat swelling.

If you:

  • Severe drowsiness, severe headache;
  • Severe nausea or vomiting; stomach pain;
  • You may feel pain in your chest or throat.
  • Anxiety is a feeling of restlessness, rapid heartbeats, and anxiety.
  • You may experience pain, tingling, or tightness in your hands.
  • Burning sensation in the mouth and throat
  • Burning sensation in your penis;
  • Red or watery eyelids, twitching of the eyelids
  • Runny nose and increased salivation
  • Signs of kidney problems include little or no urinating, painful or difficult urination, swelling of your ankles or feet, and fatigue or shortness of breath.

Side effects that are common include:

  • Weakness;
  • Headache;
  • Fever, especially in children
  • Pain or a hard lump at the injection site.

There may be other side effects. For medical advice on side effects, call your doctor. The FDA can be contacted at 1-800-FDA-1088 to report side effects.


It may not be possible for you to inform your caregivers of your health condition in a poisoning scenario. Be sure to tell any doctor who treats you that you received BAL in oil.

Before you take this drug

Tell your doctor, if possible, before receiving BAL in oil if you:

  • Liver or kidney disease
  • An allergic reaction to any drug;
  • If you are breastfeeding or pregnant,

This medicine contains oil from peanuts. You should tell your doctor if there is a peanut allergy.FDA pregnancy class C There is no information on whether BAL in oil can harm an unborn child. If you're pregnant, tell your doctor.It is unknown if dimercaprol can pass into breast milk or if it will harm a baby who is nursing. You should tell your doctor if you're breastfeeding a child.It may not be possible to inform your caregivers that you are breastfeeding or pregnant in an emergency before BAL in Oil is administered. Ensure that any doctor who is caring for you or your child knows about the medicine.

How to take BAL in oil?

Balm oil can be injected directly into the muscle. This injection will be given by a healthcare provider.The best results are achieved when BAL in oil is used within the first 1 to 2 hours of a sudden poisoning. Long-term poisoning or slow poisoning over a period of time may not have as good a result.BAL in oil can be given for a few days, depending on the type of poisoning that is being treated.

What happens if I miss the dose?

You are unlikely to miss a BAL in Oil dose because you will be receiving it in a clinic setting.

What happens if I overdose?

Overdoses are unlikely because BAL in oil is administered by healthcare professionals within a medical environment.

What should be avoided?

If your doctor prescribes any restrictions regarding food, beverage, or activity, follow their instructions.

Interaction with other drug

Dimercaprol may interact with other drugs, such as vitamins and herbal products. Inform your healthcare providers of all the medicines you are taking and those you plan to take.