Excipient (pharmacologically inactive substance)
What is it?
Dextrose (C6H12O6), also known as corn sugar, is a common binder used in the pharmaceutical industry. Binders are added to tablet formulations to add cohesiveness to powders and provide the necessary bonding to form a compact tablet mass. As a medicinal product, dextrose may be used in intravenous fluids containing various amounts of sugars to be given when a patient needs additional fluids and calories for energy. It may also be used as a vehicle to provide other injectable medicines.