dimercaprol

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dimercaprol

[¦dī·mər′ka‚prōl]
(pharmacology)
C3H8OS22,3-Dimercapto-1-propanol, a colorless, water-soluble oily liquid with a mercaptanlike odor; used as an antidote for arsenic, gold, and mercury poisoning. Also known as British antilewisite (BAL).
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The boy was treated with 5 days of British antilewisite (dimercaprol) and calcium disodium versenate, and he clinically responded, Dr.
But the use of lewisite did stimulate enough interest that British antilewisite (BAL)--an agent widely used today in medicine to treat metal poisonings and neurological conditions--was discovered.
Mercury poisoning can be treated with chelating agents such as British antilewisite or dimercaptosuccinic acid, which was used successfully in these patients.