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Drug Type: Antilead, Antidote

Dimercaptosuccinic acid (DMSA)

Dimercaptosuccinic acid (DMSA) used as an antidote to heavy metal poisoning, specifically lead, arsenic, and mercury poisoning in birds. DMSA acts as a heavy metal chelator. It binds with high specificity to ions of lead in the blood to form a water-soluble complex that is subsequently excreted by the kidneys.

Typical Drug Dosage: 25-35 mg/kg PO q12h x 5 days per week, administered for 3-5 weeks.