For example: Methadone HCL 10 MG Tablet?
What does "HCL" stand for after the drug name?
Question posted by lmcollins on 5 Jan 2010
Last updated on 27 January 2013
Its hydrochloride. Its just identifying the chemical salt of the drug. Its not important so some don't use it in the name.
HCL (acid) is the hydrochloride form but more importantly the answer you seek concerns "is the acid form best for your application" HCL is the converted form of many compounds for shelf life extension and durability. HCL's are actually poor versions of their former self.
Hydrogen (H) Chlorine (CL)
Used in the production of many medications in order to render them stable and soluble. With the base (the medication) it forms a salt that has a much longer life than the medication would have in its 'freebase' form.
It stands for Hydrochloride. Most drugs have HCL following the drug name. Hope this helps! See the following links for more info:
Drug names and their salts:
What is hydrochloride?
- Methadone uses and safety info
- Methadone information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side effects of Methadone (detailed)
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