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Brand Names: Chemet

Generic Name: succimer (Pronunciation: SUCK sih mer)

What is succimer (Chemet)?

Succimer is a chelating (binding) agent. Succimer binds to lead in the blood and allows it to be passed out in the urine.

Succimer is used in the treatment of lead poisoning.

Succimer may also be used for purposes other than those listed here.

What are the possible side effects of succimer (Chemet)?

Seek emergency medical attention or contact your doctor immediately if you experience any of the following rare but serious side effects to succimer:

  • an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; closing of the throat; swelling of the lips, tongue, or face; or hives);
  • skin rash or sores in the mouth; or
  • signs of infection such as fever, sore throat, or coughing.

Other, less serious side effects may be more likely to occur. Continue to take succimer and talk to your doctor if you experience

Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What is the most important information I should know about succimer (Chemet)?

Succimer can lower the activity of the immune system making you more susceptible to infection. Avoid contact with people who have colds, the flu, or other contagious illnesses. Contact your doctor immediately if you develop signs of infection such as fever, sore throat, or coughing.

Use caution when driving, operating machinery, or performing other hazardous activities. Succimer may cause drowsiness or dizziness. If you experience drowsiness or dizziness, avoid these activities.



Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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