Chemet

DRUG DESCRIPTION

CHEMET (succimer) is an orally active, heavy metal chelating agent. The chemical name for succimer is meso 2, 3-dimercaptosuccinic acid (DMSA). Its empirical formula is C4H6O4S2 and molecular weight is 182.2. The meso-structural formula is:

Chemet (succimer) structural formula illustration

Succimer is a white crystalline powder with an unpleasant, characteristic mercaptan odor and taste.

Each CHEMET (succimer) opaque white capsule for oral administration, contains beads coated with 100 mg of succimer and is imprinted black with CHEMET (succimer) 100. Inactive ingredients in medicated beads are: povidone, sodium starch glycolate, starch and sucrose. Inactive ingredients in capsule are: gelatin, iron oxide, titanium dioxide and other ingredients.

What are the possible side effects of succimer (Chemet)?

Seek emergency medical attention or contact your doctor immediately if you experience any of the following rare but serious side effects to succimer:

  • an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; closing of the throat; swelling of the lips, tongue, or face; or hives);
  • skin rash or sores in the mouth; or
  • signs of infection such as fever, sore throat, or coughing.

Other, less serious side effects may be more likely to occur. Continue to take succimer and talk to your doctor if you experience

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What are the precautions when taking succimer (Chemet)?

Before taking succimer, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.

Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: kidney disease, liver disease.

During pregnancy, this medication should be used only when clearly needed. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.

It is unknown if this medication passes into breast milk. However, since this medication is used for lead poisoning and lead may pass into breast milk, do not breast-feed while using this...

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SIDE EFFECTS: Nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, or diarrhea may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.

Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.

Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: signs of infection (such as fever, persistent sore throat).

A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.

This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

In the US -

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.

PRECAUTIONS: Before taking succimer, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.

Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: kidney disease, liver disease.

During pregnancy, this medication should be used only when clearly needed. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.

It is unknown if this medication passes into breast milk. However, since this medication is used for lead poisoning and lead may pass into breast milk, do not breast-feed while using this drug.


Chemet Patient Information Including Side Effects

Brand Names: Chemet

Generic Name: succimer (Pronunciation: SUCK sih mer)

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What is succimer (Chemet)?

Succimer is a chelating (binding) agent. Succimer binds to lead in the blood and allows it to be passed out in the urine.

Succimer is used in the treatment of lead poisoning.

Succimer may also be used for purposes other than those listed here.

What are the possible side effects of succimer (Chemet)?

Seek emergency medical attention or contact your doctor immediately if you experience any of the following rare but serious side effects to succimer:

  • an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; closing of the throat; swelling of the lips, tongue, or face; or hives);
  • skin rash or sores in the mouth; or
  • signs of infection such as fever, sore throat, or coughing.

Other, less serious side effects may be more likely to occur. Continue to take succimer and talk to your doctor if you experience

  • nausea, vomiting, or decreased appetite;
  • diarrhea;
  • metallic taste in the mouth;
  • drowsiness;
  • dizziness;
  • watering eyes; or
  • headache.

Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What is the most important information I should know about succimer (Chemet)?

Succimer can lower the activity of the immune system making you more susceptible to infection. Avoid contact with people who have colds, the flu, or other contagious illnesses. Contact your doctor immediately if you develop signs of infection such as fever, sore throat, or coughing.

Use caution when driving, operating machinery, or performing other hazardous activities. Succimer may cause drowsiness or dizziness. If you experience drowsiness or dizziness, avoid these activities.

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