What is dmsa?
DMSA, also known as Dimercaptosuccinic acid, is an organic compound that contains sulfur, two organic acids and two sulfur hydrogen bonds. DMSA is used medically to treat certain poisonous toxicities.BenefitsDMSA has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration to treat both lead and mercury toxicity in children and adults.Time FrameSince the 1950s, DMSA has been used as chelants, which are molecules that work to inactivate metal ions. Since then, no other chemical has been found to replace DMSA in its effectiveness to treat lead and mercury poisoning.SignificanceDMSA is chiefly used to treat lead and mercury poisoning, but has also been found to be useful in treating other heavy metal exposure, including arsenic and cadmium. It can also be purchased as a prescription drug for dietary purposes.FunctionDMSA is administered in an oral dosage. About 20 percent of the drug reaches the gastrointestinal tract and makes its way to the kidneys. DMSA is most effective when taken on an empt