A chelating agent that has been used to mobilise toxic metals from the tissues of man and experimental animals. It is the main metabolite of disulfiram and has varied neurobiological actions. The sodium salt is an immunomodulating agent that is under investigation in HIV infection.

Pharmacological action: adjuvants, immunologic, antidotes, antiviral agents, chelating agents.

Chemical name: Carbamodithioic acid, diethyl-

(12 Dec 1998)