Explanation of terms used by DrugBank


Salt form

Available form of a drug in which the main [active moiety] is found ionized and combined with an ionic counterpart. Some examples of ionic counterparts are hydrochloride, sulfate, and sodium. The use of the salt form of a drug is usually related to an increase in physicochemical and pharmacokinetic properties such as solubility and absorption.

Each salt in DrugBank is associated with a unique identifier that starts with “DBSALT” followed by 6 digits. For example the code for Abacavir Sulfate is DBSALT000871.