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Ethanolamine

Excipient (pharmacologically inactive substance)

What is it?

Ethanolamine (C2H7NO) is used in the pharmaceutical industry as a pH adjuster and buffering agent. It is a colorless to yellow clear liquid. There is evidence that it can be a human skin toxicant or allergen, and it should not be left on the skin. It has certain restrictions for use in the cosmetics industry. Ethanolamine oleate, a prescription drug, is a sclerosing agent. It works by creating scar tissue inside a swollen or dilated (wider than normal) vein to prevent bleeding.[1]

[1] [1]Drugs.com Ethanolamine oleate. Accessed March 31, 2014. http://www.drugs.com/mtm/ethanolamine-oleate.html

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