Dextrates is a purified mixture of saccharides developed from the controlled enzymatic hydrolysis of starch. It is either anhydrous (no water) or hydrated (with water) and contains 93 and 99% of dextrose equivalent, calculated on a dried basis. It is a microcrystalline aggregate made of free-flowing, porous, white, odorless, and spherical granules. It may be directly compressed into self-binding tablets; it is used to prepare chewable, non-chewable, soluble, dispersible, and effervescent tablets. It has a sweet taste and produces a cooling sensation in the mouth. Dextrate is freely soluble in water (1 g in 1 mL), insoluble in ethanol, and soluble in dilute acids and alkalies.


  • 100% water soluble.
  • Superior flow, compaction, and tablet toughness in direct compression.
  • Embossing/debossing capabilities.
  • Easy to handle – does not cling to punches.
  • Lactose-free.
  • NF compendia, removing regulatory stumbling blocks.

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