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Tromethamine

Excipient (pharmacologically inactive substance)

Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Jul 26, 2018.

What is it?

As an inactive ingredient, tromethamine (C4H11NO3) is used in the synthesis of surface-active agents and pharmaceuticals; as an emulsifying agent for cosmetic creams and lotions, mineral oil and paraffin wax emulsions, as a biological buffer, and used as an alkalizer. Tromethamine as a pharmaceutical agent is used to treat metabolic acidosis (an electrolyte imbalance). Metabolic acidosis can have many causes. It often occurs after heart bypass surgery or cardiac arrest.[1][2]

[1] Drugs.com. Tromethamine. Accessed February 14, 2015 at http://www.drugs.com/mtm/tromethamine.html

[2] PubChem. Tromethamine. Accessed February 14, 2105 at http://pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/compound/tromethamine

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