Agent Name

Sodium bromide

CAS Number

7647-15-6

Formula

Br-Na

Major Category

Other Classes

Synonyms

Bromide salt of sodium; Bromnatrium [German]; Sedoneural; [ChemIDplus]

Category

Halogens, Inorganic Compounds

Description

White solid; Absorbs moisture from air (but not deliquescent); [Merck Index] Colorless or white hygroscopic solid; [HSDB] Colorless odorless crystalline solid; [MSDSonline]

Sources/Uses

Found in some salt deposits; Used in photography, to make bromides and organic chemicals, as a therapeutic sedative and hypnotic, and formerly as a veterinary medicine; [HSDB] Used to control algae, bacteria, and fungi in water systems (pasteurizing, canning, pulp & paper manufacturing, and ornamental ponds); Also used to repel moths from clothing and fleas from pets; [Reference #1]

Comments

A very mild eye irritant, based on animal studies; [CHEMINFO] Mild eye and skin irritant; Bromine salts are CNS depressants at doses of 1 to 2 grams per day; [Reference #1] May cause irritation; [MSDSonline] See "Bromine."

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