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Calcium Sulfate Dihydrate

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Sep 18, 2023.

Excipient (pharmacologically inactive substance)

What is it?

Calcium sulfate (CaO4S * 2H20) dihydrate is a calcium salt that is used for a variety of purposes including: building materials, as a desiccant (drying agent), in dentistry as an impression material, cast, or die, and in medicine for immobilizing casts and as an inactive ingredient tablet excipient and color glaze. It exists in various forms and states of hydration; the dihydate form has additional water molecules added. It exists as a fine, white to slightly yellow-white odorless powder. It is also used as an anti-caking agent and colorant.

List of medications using Calcium Sulfate Dihydrate


  1. Code of Federal Regulations, Title 21, Volume 3, Revised as of April 1, 2013. CITE: 21CFR184.1230 Accessed 1/14/2014.

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