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What are BAL in Oil ampules?

BAL in Oil is the brand name of a prescription intramuscular injection, packaged in ampules, used in emergency and hospital settings to treat acute arsenic, gold, lead and mercury poisoning. The active ingredient is dimercaprol, a chelating agent. Dimercaprol works by binding with heavy metals so the kidneys can excrete them from the body. BAL in Oil works against acute lead poisoning when used along with edetate calcium disodium (EDTA). BAL in Oil is generally less effective against long-term or chronic poisoning, and works best within the first two hours after poisoning.

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