Yellow Mercuric Oxide


💊 Chemical information

Gelbes Quecksilberoxyd; Hydrargyri Oxidum Flavum; Hydrargyri Oxydum Flavum; Mercúrico amarillo, óxido; Mercurique HgO = 216.6.
CAS — 21908-53-2.


In Fr. and It.

💊 Profile

Yellow mercuric oxide has been used in eye ointments for the local treatment of minor infections including the eradication of pubic lice from the eyelashes. Absorption can occur and produce the adverse effects of inorganic mercury (see Mercury, below).


Yellow mercuric oxide 1% eye ointment was considered to be a safe and effective treatment in pediculosis of the eyelashes caused by pubic lice (pthiriasis palpebrarum).1
1. Ashkenazi I, et al. Yellow mercuric oxide: a treatment of choice for phthiriasis palpebrarum. Br J Ophthalmol 1991; 75: 356–8.


Mercuric oxide has been associated with acute attacks of porphyria and is considered unsafe in porphyric patients.

💊 Preparations

Proprietary Preparations

Austral.: Golden Eye Ointment†; Fr.: Pommade Maurice. Multi-ingredient: Hung.: Dermaforine†; India: Bell Diono Resolvent; Bell Resolvent.
Published May 08, 2019.