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Sodium Propionate

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jun 16, 2023.

Excipient (pharmacologically inactive substance)

What is it?

Sodium propionate (C3H5NaO2) is the sodium salt of propionic acid and is available as a white, free-flowing powder. In the food industry it is used safely as a food preservative and prevents the growth of mold and some bacteria. In pharmacy, it is used in the treatment of skin fungal infections, usually in combination with calcium propionate.[1]

List of medications using Sodium Propionate


  1. Sodium propionate. Accessed March 3, 2015 at

Further information

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