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Dextrose

Excipient (pharmacologically inactive substance)

What is it?

Dextrose (C6H12O6), also known as corn sugar, is a common binder used in the pharmaceutical industry. Binders are added to tablet formulations to add cohesiveness to powders and provide the necessary bonding to form a compact tablet mass. As a medicinal product, dextrose may be used in intravenous fluids containing various amounts of sugars to be given when a patient needs additional fluids and calories for energy. It may also be used as a vehicle to provide other injectable medicines.[1]

[1] Database of Select Committee on GRAS Substances (SCOGS) Reviews. Corn sugar (dextrose). Report No. 50. http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/fcn/fcnDetailNavigation.cfm?rpt=scogsListing&id=94

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