Dextromethorphan Hydrobromide


    Dextromethorphan Hydrobromide is a practically odourless, white to almost white crystalline powder with a bitter taste. It melts at about 125°C with decomposition.

    Chemical name(+)-3-methoxy-N-methyl-morphinane hydrobromide monohydrate; 3-methoxy-17-methyl-9α, 13α, 14α-morphinane hydrobromide monohydrate
    SynonymsDextromethorphan hydrobromide
    AppearanceWhite to almost white crystalline powder
    Appearance of solution
    (5% in alcohol)
    Clear and Colourless
    UsageFor antitussive pharmaceutical preparations
    DosageSummary of approved dosages:
    Every 4hrs: 10-20mg
    Every 6-8 hrs: 30mg
    Max for 24hrs: 120mg

    6-12 years
    Every 4hrs: 5-10mg
    Every 6-8hrs: 15mg
    Max for 24hrs: 60mg

    2-6 years
    Every 4hrs: 2.5-5mg
    Every 6-8hrs: 7.5mg
    Max for 24hrs: 30mg

    Under 2 years: Consult a doctor
    Identity Corresponds
    CAS No.6700-34-1
    EINECS No.204-750-1
    Molecular weight


    (on anhydrous substance)
    99.0 to 101.0%
    SolubilitySparingly soluble in water (Approx 1.5g/100ml), Soluble in alcohol and glycerol and practically insoluble in ether.
    Particle size10% of the particles: Max 110μm
    50% of the particles: Max 200μm
    90% of the particles: Max 300μm
    Water4.0 to 5.5%
    (1% aqueous solution)
    5.2 to 6.5
    Acidity or Alkalinity Passes test
    Heavy metalsMax 20 ppm
    Sulphated ash
    (residue on ignition)
    Max 0.1 %
    Related SubstancesPasses test
    Specific Optical Rotation325nm, 25°C (c=1.8 in water): within 1% of standard (on anhydrous substance)
    589nm, 20°C (c=2.0in 0.1 N HCl): +28° to +30° (on anhydrous substance)
    StabilityFairly stanle in air, heat and humidity, but is sensitive to light (decomposition). Aqueous solutions are stable at a pH between 4 and 6, but should be protected from light.
    N,N-DimethylanillineMax 10 ppm
    Phenolic CompoundsPasses test
    StorageStore in original containers and at a temperature below 25°C.
    Shelf life4 years from date of manufacture if storage conditions observed.

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    This specification has been last modified on Thu 19 May 2011 (593)

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