1 What is Emersal?

Brand: Emersal

Generic: Ammoniated Mercury

Emersal is used to treat impetigo, psoriasis, minor skin infections, and other skin disorders. Many skin lightening creams also contain ammoniated mercury. 

This medicine is available as an over-the-counter drug. That’s why you can get this medicine without a prescription.

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2 What to Know Before Using

Before using Emersal, you must know all about the risks and complications associated with it. This is a decision that your doctor will make with your active participation. 

There are some important factors such as drug interaction, metabolic impairment, hypersensitivity reaction, pregnancy, lactation etc. which may alter the drug action. 

Sometimes presence of other health disorders affects the beneficial effects of this medicine and even may cause serious complications. Make sure you mention your doctor if you have any other medical problems, especially deep or open wound or serious burns. 

Application of ammoniated mercury on burnt area may cause mercury poisoning. Further, you should tell your doctor if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant. 

The use of ammoniated mercury is contraindicated if there is history of allergic reactions to ammoniated mercury or any component of the preparation.

Certain drugs should not be used concurrently with such medications. Thus, it is always recommended to consult with your doctor if you are in need of some drugs for another health problem in order to avoid unwanted serious drug interactions.

3 Proper Usage

To use Emersal correctly, you must follow all instructions given by your doctor. The dose of this medicine will vary according to patient’s condition or requirements. 

You should follow the doctor's directions and advices. The amount of medicine that you take should not exceed the maximum therapeutic dose. 

Also, the frequency of your daily drug administration and the duration of drug therapy depend on the particular medical problem for which you are taking the medicine. 

For bacterial infections, an adult should apply this medicine to the affected areas of the skin once or twice daily. This medicine should not be used in children.

Always try to use this prescribed medicine in time. If you miss any dose of this medicine, you should apply it as soon as possible. But if it is time for your next dose, then you should skip the missed dose and go back to your regular treatment schedule. 

You should store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature away from heat, moisture, and direct light. All kinds of medicines should be kept out of the reach of children. Outdated medicine must be disposed by an appropriate way.

4 Precautions to Take

In using Emersal, you must be careful and take some precautions as advised by your doctor.

Regular visits are recommended to make sure ammoniated mercury is working properly or not. Although it is an antiseptic ointment, excessive use may irritate the skin and cause dermatitis. Thus, this medicine should be applied cautiously. 

Further, some important measures should be taken if you feel excessive discomfort following this drug therapy. You should stop use and ask your doctor if the condition worsens or does not improve.

Moreover, you should not use any topical iodine-containing preparations (e.g. povidone-iodine) on the same affected area concurrently with ammoniated mercury. If you do so, it may increase the possibility of side effects. 

In addition, you are advised not to use any sulfur-containing preparations on the same affected area treated with ammoniated mercury. If you do so, it may irritate the skin, and may stain the skin black.

5 Potential Side Effects

There are some unwanted side-effects associated with Emersal that usually do not need medical attention. These side-effects usually go away during the treatment episode as your body adjusts to the medicine. 

In addition, your healthcare professional may advise you about the ways how to prevent or reduce those unwanted adverse effects. Sometimes you may need to seek medical help if you feel excessive discomfort. 

Possible side effects of ammoniated mercury are dizziness, headache, nausea, cloudy urine, rashes, skin infection or irritation etc.