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Is there a cure for lead poisoning?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Yes, lead poisoning can be cured, but some of the effects of the disorder are lasting and cannot be reversed. The treatment includes chelation therapy, which itself has significant side effects. Mild cases of lead poisoning respond to succimer, a drug that is taken orally. Cases that are severe require a hospital stay and injections of chelating drugs.

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