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What is Ammonium Chloride?

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Ammonium chloride is a white, crystalline solid with a number of uses. Industrially, the substance is used in soldering and textile printing and as a component in the manufacturing of dry cell batteries. It is used medically as an expectorant, a cough remedy, and a dietary supplement. It occurs naturally in most volcanic regions, and it can be produced synthetically in an efficient manner.

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The primary use of ammonium chloride in the medical field is as an expectorant. An expectorant is a drug that stimulates, depresses, or modifies the secretion from the bronchial or laryngeal mucus membranes and promotes its expulsion. This simply means that expectorants are used to stimulate the production of phlegm and ultimately cause the phlegm to be coughed up.


A common ingredient in many cough medications, ammonium chloride is considered a safe, effective treatment and remedy for coughs. Symptoms of an overdose include nausea, vomiting, thirst, headache, hyperventilation and progressive drowsiness. If a large overdose of has been taken, a medical professional should be consulted immediately.


Ammonium chloride is also used as a dietary supplement. It is used to help maintain proper pH levels and correct any situation where the blood contains too much alkaline or too much chloride. It also is used to support the bodily mechanisms involved in the retention of nitrogen and the regulation of creatinine, blood urea nitrogen, and uric acid.



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