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Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jul 4, 2023.

Excipient (pharmacologically inactive substance)

What is it?

Dextrates is a purified mixture of saccharides developed from the controlled enzymatic hydrolysis of starch. It is either anhydrous (no water) or hydrated (with water) and contains between 93 and 99% of dextrose equivalent, calculated on the dried basis. It is a micro-crystalline aggregate, and is made of free-flowing, porous, white, odorless, and spherical granules. It may be directly compressed into self-binding tablets; it is used in the preparation of chewable, non-chewable, soluble, dispersible and effervescent tablets. It has a sweet taste and produces a cooling sensation in the mouth. Dextrate is freely soluble in water (1 g in 1 mL), insoluble in ethanol, and soluble in dilute acids and alkalies.[1]

List of medications using Dextrates


  1. [1] Ingredient Glossary - Dextrates. Accessed March 30, 2014.

Further information

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