Agent Name

Potassium formate

CAS Number

590-29-4

Formula

C-H2-O2.K

Major Category

Metals

Synonyms

Formic acid potassium salt; Formic acid, K salt; Mravencan draselny [Czech]; [ChemIDplus]

Category

Organic Acids, Metal Salts

Description

Colorless solid; [HSDB] Exceedingly hygroscopic; [Merck Index] Fine white crystals; [MSDSonline]

Sources/Uses

Used in agricultural fungicides and bactericides; [HSDB] Used as reducing agent, secondary refrigerant, and anti-oxidant in oil drilling applications; [Merck Index]

Comments

After ingestion of 3-4 gm/day of sodium formate, albuminuria and hematuria may occur; Formates may also cause cardiac depression and methemoglobinemia at high doses; [HSDB] May cause irritation; [CHEMINFO];

Adverse Effects
Methemoglobinemia

Methemoglobinemia, Secondary

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