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Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jul 12, 2023.

Excipient (pharmacologically inactive substance)

What is it?

Glycine, NH2CH2COOH, is an organic amino acid compound used pharmacologically as a urologic irrigating solution, in intravenous solutions, and in lower-grade qualities for industrial uses. Glycine is also used as a sweetener, and certain pharmaceutical grade products include glycine to improve gastric absorption of the drug. It is also used as an emollient, emulsifying agent, and solubilizing agent.[1]

List of medications using Glycine


  1. [1]Dave RH. Overview of pharmaceutical excipients used in tablets and capsules. Drug Topics (online). Advanstar. 10/24/2008 Accessed February 16, 2015.

Further information

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