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In some countries, this medicine may only be approved for veterinary use.

In the US, Glycerol (glycerol phenylbutyrate systemic) is a member of the drug class laxatives and is used to treat Constipation and Cough.

US matches:



ATC (Anatomical Therapeutic Chemical Classification)


CAS registry number (Chemical Abstracts Service)


Chemical Formula


Molecular Weight


Therapeutic Categories

Food additive (e number)

Pharmaceutic aid

Cough suppressant

Laxative, osmotically acting

Laxative: Lubricant

Chemical Name


Foreign Names

  • Glycerolum (Latin)
  • Glycerol (German)
  • Glycérol (French)
  • Glicerol (Spanish)

Generic Names

  • Glycerin (OS: JAN)
  • Glycérol (OS: DCF)
  • E 422 (IS)
  • Glicerina (IS)
  • Glycerinum (IS)
  • Concentrated Glycerin (PH: JP XVI)
  • Glycerin (PH: USP 38)
  • Glycerol (PH: BP 2016, Ph. Eur. 8, Ph. Int. 4)
  • Glycérol (PH: Ph. Eur. 8)
  • Glycerolum (PH: Ph. Eur. 8, Ph. Int. 4)
  • Glycerin 15% (IS)
  • Glyzerin 15% (IS)
  • Dilute Glycerol (IS)
  • Glicerina 85% (IS)
  • Glycerin 85% (IS)
  • Glycerinum 85% (IS)
  • Glyzerin 85% (IS)
  • Glycerin (PH: JP XVI)
  • Glycerol 85 per cent (PH: BP 2016, Ph. Eur. 8)
  • Glycerol 85% (PH: Ph. Eur. 8)
  • Glycerol 85% m/m (PH: Ph. Int. 4)
  • Glycerolum 85 per centum (PH: Ph. Eur. 8)
  • Glycerolum 85% m/m (PH: Ph. Int. 4)

Brand Names


DCFDénomination Commune Française
ISInofficial Synonym
JANJapanese Accepted Name
OSOfficial Synonym
PHPharmacopoeia Name
Rec.INNRecommended International Nonproprietary Name (World Health Organization)

Further information on drug naming conventions: International Nonproprietary Names.

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