Iron cacodylate

  • Iron tris(dimethylarsinate)
  • Ferric cacodylate
  • Ferric dimethylarsinate
  • Iron dimethylarsonate
  • Iron(III) cacodylate
yellowish, amorphous powder. Odorless.
Medication (vet).

Registry Numbers and Inventories.
Beilstein Reference

Formula mass
Solubility in water
6.67 g/100 ml cold water

Hazards and Protection.
Keep in a cool, dry, dark location in a tightly sealed container or cylinder. Keep away from incompatible materials, ignition sources and untrained individuals. Secure and label area. Protect containers/cylinders from physical damage.
All chemicals should be considered hazardous. Avoid direct physical contact. Use appropriate, approved safety equipment. Untrained individuals should not handle this chemical or its container. Handling should occur in a chemical fume hood.
Chemical splash goggles in compliance with OSHA regulations are advised; however, OSHA regulations also permit other type safety glasses. Whre chemical resistant gloves. To prevent repeated or prolonged skin contact, wear impervious clothing and boots.
Use NIOSH/MSHA approved respirator appropriate for exposure of concern.
Small spills/leaks
Evacuate area and ventilate. Wear protective equipment. If required, use an inert absrobent. Sweep up and place in an appropriate container for disposal. Wash contaminated surfaces.
No data.
Strong oxidizing agents.

Fire fighting
Wear a self-contained breathing apparatus in pressure-demand, MSHA/NIOSH (approved or equivalent), and full protective gear. During a fire, irritating and highly toxic gases may be generated by thermal decomposition or combustion. Use agent most appropriate to extinguish fire.

Exposure effects
Abnormally low blood pressure and rapid heart rate are common early signs. Fever and rapid breathing may occur. Elevated blood pressure has been associated with chronic environmental arsenic exposure. Altered mental status, seizures, toxic delirium, encephalopathy, and delayed peripheral neuropathy are complications of acute arsenic poisoning. Inorganic arsenic crosses the placenta and may result in spontaneous abortion or stillbirth with either acute or chronic poisoning.
Acute toxicity results in early symptoms of abdominal pain, severe vomiting and diarrhea, as well as dryness of the oral and nasal cavities.
Respiratory tract irritation may occur. Cardiogenic or noncardiogenic pulmonary edema and respiratory failure may develop in severe poisonings.
Skin findings may include hyperpigmentation, keratoses, and epidermoid carcinomas. Mee's lines of the nails are common. Trivalent arsenic compounds are corrosive to the skin. Arsenic trioxide and pentoxide are sensitizers.
As(III) is corrosive to the eyes, mouth, and mucous membranes. Perforation of the nasal septum can occur.

First aid
Gastric decontamination - aggressive decontamination with gastric lavage is recommended. Activated charcoal: administer charcoal as a slurry (240 ml water/30 g charcoal). Usual dose: 25 to 100 g in adults/adolescents.
If symptoms develop, move individual away from exposure and into fresh air. If symptoms persist, seek medical attention. If breathing is difficult, administer oxygen. Keep person warm and quiet; seek immediate medical attention.
Remove contaminated clothing. Wash exposed area with soap and water. If symptoms persist, seek medical attention. Launder clothing before reuse.
Diagnosis of iron intraocular foreign body can be done by x-ray, by computerized tomography, by establishing that the foreign body can be moved with a magnet, and by electroretinogram. Magnetic resonance imaging is not recommended as movement of the foreign body may result.