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Medically reviewed by Last updated on Mar 28, 2023.

Excipient (pharmacologically inactive substance)

What is it?

Sucrose (C12H22O11) is sugar, often referred to as table sugar or saccharose. Commercial sugar is usually produced from either beet or cane sugar. Sucrose has been used since antiquity for its sweetness. It is often used in medications to impart a more pleasant taste to often unpalatable chemicals. Sucrose can be found in many medical dosage forms such as chewable tablets, syrups, lozenges, or gums. Sugar-free formulations of many of these dosage forms exist as well. While sugar is essentially non-toxic, it can be associated with dental caries, exacerbation of diabetes, and weight gain.[1]

List of medications using Sucrose


  1. All about sugar. Accessed April 15, 2012.

Further information

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