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Dehydrated Alcohol

Excipient (pharmacologically inactive substance)

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Nov 26, 2020.

What is it?

Dehydrated Alcohol Injection, USP consists of not less than 98% by volume of ethanol (ethyl alcohol). Dehydrated alcohol (ethanol) has the chemical formula C2H6O. Dehydrated Alcohol is also known as anhydrous ethanol or absolute ethyl alcohol. Dehydrated alcohol is widely used in both industry and science in synthetic organic reactions and as a solvent because of its low toxicity and ability to dissolve non-polar substances. Medically, it is used as a solvent and injected into nerves and ganglia for relief of pain. Anhydrous ethanol is also used as an antiseptic to disinfect the skin prior to an injection, often along with iodine.[1]


[1] [1]Spectrum Labs. Dehydrated alcohol. Accessed March 30, 2014.

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