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How do medications treat mercury poisoning?

There are very few medications that can be used to treat mercury poisoning. They include bronchodilators, which are inhalers used to prevent or lessen asthma attacks. Their use may relieve some respiratory symptoms such as severe coughing and shortness of breath. But inhalers also have their own side effects and should be used carefully. Chelation therapy is often used to help remove mercury and other heavy metals, such as lead, from the body. However, chelation therapy can cause liver and kidney damage and should only be administered in consultation with experts.

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