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Potassium Hydroxide


Ph. Eur.

CAS registry number (Chemical Abstracts Service)


Chemical Formula


Molecular Weight


Therapeutic Categories

Food additive (e number)

Pharmaceutic aid


Chemical Name

Potaβium Hydroxide (USAN)

Foreign Names

  • Kalii hydroxidum (Latin)
  • Kaliumhydroxid (German)
  • Potassium, hydroxyde de (French)
  • Hidróxido potásico (Spanish)

Generic Names

  • Potassium Hydroxide (OS: JAN)
  • Ätzkali (IS)
  • CCRIS 6569 (IS)
  • Cyantek CC 723 (IS)
  • E 525 (IS)
  • Kalii hydroxidum purissimum (IS)
  • Kalium causticum fusum (IS)
  • Potash Lye (IS)
  • Potassa (IS)
  • Kalii hydroxidum (PH: Ph. Eur. 9)
  • Potassium Hydroxide (PH: BP 2018, JP XVII, NF 33, USP 32)
  • Potassium hydroxide (PH: Ph. Eur. 9)

Brand Names

  • Addex-Kalium [+ Potassium Phosphate, Dibasic]
    Fresenius Kabi, Sweden
  • Cerumenol
    Desma, Spain
  • Glutarsin E [+ Arginine, + Sodium Chloride, + Glutamic Acid]
    Berlin-Chemie, Hungary
  • Glycerin and Potash Solution [+ Glycerol]
    Kenei Sakai Seiyaku, Japan; Maruishi Pharmaceutical, Japan; Nihon Generic, Japan; Nikko Seiyaku, Japan; Shiseido Seiyaku, Japan; Terumo, Japan; Toho Yakuhin, Japan; Yamazen Seiyaku, Japan
  • InfectoDell
    Infectopharm, Germany
  • Kalium-L-Malat Braun
    B. Braun, Germany
  • Kalium-L-malat Fresenius [+ Malic Acid]
    Fresenius Kabi, Czech Republic
  • Molusk
    Pierre Fabre Dermo, Germany
  • Pujiamei [+ Aspartic Acid, L-, + Magnesium Oxide]
    Zizhu, China


ISInofficial Synonym
JANJapanese Accepted Name
OSOfficial Synonym
PHPharmacopoeia Name
Ph. Eur.European Pharmacopoeia
USANUnited States Adopted Name

Further information on drug naming conventions: International Nonproprietary Names.

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