Succimer is a chelating (KEE-late-ing) agent that is used to remove a heavy metal (such as lead) from the body. Succimer binds to lead in the blood and allows it to be passed out in the urine.

Succimer is used to treat lead poisoning.

Succimer may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

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

    Call your doctor at once if you have:

    fever, cold or flu symptoms, cough, trouble breathing;
    skin sores, rash; or
    swollen gums, painful mouth sores, pain when swallowing.
    Common side effects may include:

    nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite;
    diarrhea; or
    metallic taste in your mouth.
  • Start dosage at 10 mg/kg or 350 mg/m2 every eight hours for five days.