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

In the US, Sorbitol (sorbitol systemic) is a member of the drug class laxatives and is used to treat Constipation.

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

Laxative, osmotically acting

Diagnostic agent, other

Diagnostic agent: Gall-bladder function

Laxative: Enema

Chemical Name


Foreign Names

  • Sorbitolum (Latin)
  • Sorbit (German)
  • Sorbitol (French)

Generic Names

  • D-Sorbitol (OS: JAN)
  • Sorbitol (OS: DCF)
  • D-Glucit (IS)
  • D-Glucitol (IS)
  • E 420 (IS)
  • Sorbit (IS)
  • D-Sorbitol (PH: JP XVI)
  • Sorbitol (PH: BP 2016, NF 33, Ph. Eur. 8)
  • Sorbitolum (PH: Ph. Eur. 8)

Brand Names

  • Actiliver I (Sorbitol and Menbutone (veterinary use))
    Laboratoires Biové, France
  • Argininã - Sorbitol Infomed (Sorbitol and Arginine)
    Infomed, Romania
  • Biosorbidex (Sorbitol and Glucose (veterinary use))
    Laboratoires Biové, France
  • Carbosorb (Sorbitol and Charcoal, Activated)
    AFT, New Zealand
  • Clyss-Go (Sorbitol and Docusate Sodium)
    Prospa, Portugal
  • Curépar (Sorbitol and Methionine (veterinary use))
    Sogeval, France
  • Curépar avec Prednisolone (Sorbitol and Methionine, + Prednisolone (veterinary use))
    Sogeval, France
  • Cystosol (Sorbitol and Acetic Acid)
    Ilsanta, Lithuania
  • D-Sorbitol 65% Maruishi
    Maruishi Pharmaceutical, Japan
  • D-Sorbitol 75% Kowa
    Kowa Souyaku, Japan
  • D-Sorbitol Maruishi
    Maruishi Pharmaceutical, Japan
  • Energidex (Sorbitol and Glucose (veterinary use))
    Vetoquinol, Switzerland
  • Énergidex (Sorbitol and Glucose (veterinary use))
    Vetoquinol, France
  • Eupasan
    Kronos, Ecuador
  • Glycan Udder (Sorbitol and Glycerol (veterinary use))
    DeLaval, Australia
  • GO-ON (Sorbitol and Hyaluronic Acid)
    Rottapharm/Madaus, Germany
  • Hépato (Sorbitol and Choline (veterinary use))
    Véto-Centre, France
  • Ispirol (Sorbitol and Mannitol)
    Hemofarm, Bosnia & Herzegowina; Hemofarm, Serbia
  • Klyx (Sorbitol and Docusate Sodium)
    Ferring, Finland; Ferring, Iceland; Ferring, Sweden; Ferring Pharmaceuticals, Denmark; Nordic Group, Netherlands; Pharmachemie, Netherlands
  • Macrolax (Sorbitol and Docusate Sodium)
    SIT, Italy
  • Mannitol S (Sorbitol and Mannitol)
    Yoshindo, Japan
  • Mecolin (Sorbitol and Tricholine Citrate)
    Stadmed, India
  • Microlax (Sorbitol and Sodium Citrate, + Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate)
    Johnson & Johnson, Finland; McNeil, Belgium; McNeil, Estonia
  • Minilax (Sorbitol and Sodium Laurilsulfate)
    Eurofarma, Brazil
  • Osmofundina Concentrada Braun (Sorbitol and Mannitol)
    B. Braun Medical, Portugal
  • Purisole (Sorbitol and Mannitol)
    Fresenius Kabi, Portugal
  • Rehydex (Sorbitol and Glucose (veterinary use))
    Coophavet, France
  • Resulax
    Meda, Sweden
  • Sédochol (Sorbitol and Choline, + Methionine (veterinary use))
    Coophavet, France
  • Sodiazot (Sorbitol and Lysine (veterinary use))
    Laboratoires Biové, France
  • Sorbi
    Orion, New Zealand
  • Sorbiclis (Sorbitol and Docusate Sodium)
    SIT, Italy
  • Sorbilax (Sorbitol and Docusate Sodium (veterinary use))
    Vetoquinol, France
  • Sorbiline (Sorbitol and Tricholine Citrate)
    Franco-Indian, India
  • Sorbiperan (Sorbitol and Metoclopramide)
    Memphis Co., Egypt
  • Sorbit
    MUP, Egypt; Shun Hwa, Taiwan
  • Sorbitocholine (Sorbitol and Choline)
    Siphat, Tunisia
  • Sorbitol
    B. Braun, United States; Baxter, United States; Siphat, Tunisia
  • Sorbitol Corsa/Sanofi-Synthelabo
    Corsa/Sanofi-Synthelabo, Indonesia
  • Sorbitol Delalande
    Sanofi Aventis, Vietnam; Sanofi Belgium, Belgium; Sanofi-Aventis, France
  • Sorbitol Infomed
    Infomed, Romania
  • Sorbitol Richard
    Richard, France
  • Sorbitol Synth
    synth, Egypt
  • Sorbitol-Mannitol Hospira (Sorbitol and Mannitol)
    Hospira, United States
  • Sorbosan (Sorbitol and Moxaverine)
    Nile, Egypt
  • Tabletas Phillips (Sorbitol and Magnesium Hydroxide)
    GlaxoSmithKline, Chile
  • Transitonyl (Sorbitol and Propionic Acid, Orotic Acid (veterinary use))
    Ceva Santé Animale, France
  • Uromatic S 3%
    Baxter, Japan
  • Viscotears (Sorbitol and Carbomer)
    Alcon, Denmark
  • Yal
    Trommsdorff, Germany
  • Yal (Sorbitol and Docusate Sodium)
    Gebro, Switzerland; Jacoby GM Pharma, Austria; Trommsdorff, Czech Republic


DCFDénomination Commune Française
ISInofficial Synonym
JANJapanese Accepted Name
NFThe National Formulary (USA)
OSOfficial Synonym
PHPharmacopoeia Name

Further information on drug naming conventions: International Nonproprietary Names.

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