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Excipient (pharmacologically inactive substance)

Medically reviewed by Last updated on March 24, 2021.

What is it?

Sodium (Na) is a chemical from the periodic table of elements with the atomic number of 11. It is a soft, silvery metal. Sodium is often combined with chloride to produce NaCl, or sodium chloride, which is normal table salt. Sodium is a common salt form that is used for many medications to make them more easily dissolvable once ingested, for example, sodium bicarbonate or divalproex sodium.

Top Medications with this excipient


[1] Sodium. Accessed April 14, 2012.

Further information

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