Excipient (pharmacologically inactive substance)
What is it?
Sodium bicarbonate, NaHCO3, is a common ingredient in effervescent powders and tablets. It is used with an acidic agent, such as citric or tartaric acid, to cause a reaction that produces carbon dioxide (CO2). The carbon dioxide leads to the resultant fizzing of the effervescent powder, such as seen with Alka-Seltzer.
Effervescent tablets and powders are widely used to deliver medicines contained antacids, pain medications, and cough or cold medicines. They dissolve quickly, are stable, convenient and easy to carry.
All carbonate salts on the FDA generally regarded as safe list. There is no evidence in the available information on calcium carbonate, potassium carbonate, potassium bicarbonate, sodium carbonate, sodium bicarbonate, or sodium sesquicarbonate that demonstrates or suggests reasonable grounds to suspect a hazard to the public when used at levels that are now current or that might reasonably be expected in the future.
 FDA’s SCOGS database; carbonates; SCOGS-Report Number: 26; Accessed 8/17/2012. http://www.fda.gov/Food/FoodIngredientsPackaging/GenerallyRecognizedasSafeGRAS/GRASSubstancesSCOGSDatabase/ucm260329.htm
Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.
Top Medications with this excipient
- Allegra (Orally Disintegrating) 30 mg
- Aspirin 81 mg
- Aspirin (Enteric Coated) 81 mg
- Aspirin Enteric Coated 81 mg
- Atorvastatin Calcium 20 mg
- Bisacodyl 5 mg
- Bupropion Hydrochloride Extended-Release (XL) 150 mg
- Bupropion Hydrochloride Extended-Release (XL) 300 mg
- Carbidopa and Levodopa 10 mg / 100 mg
- Divalproex Sodium Delayed Release 125 mg
- Divalproex Sodium Delayed-Release 125 mg
- Divalproex Sodium Delayed-Release 500 mg
- Fentora 800 mcg
- Imitrex 100 mg
- Lescol 20 mg
- Panadol Extra Strength 500 mg
- Remeron SolTab 15 mg
- Sumatriptan Succinate 25 mg
- Tri-sprintec ethinyl estradiol 0.035 mg / norgestimate 0.18 mg
- Vaseretic 10-25 10 mg / 25 mg