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Potassium bromide (KBr) is a salt, widely used as an anticonvulsant and a sedative in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, with over-the-counter use extending to 1975 in the US. Its action is due to the bromide ion (sodium bromide is equally effective). Potassium bromide is used as a veterinary drug, as an antiepileptic medication for dogs. Under standard conditions, potassium bromide is a white crystalline powder. It is freely soluble in water; it is not soluble in acetonitrile. In a dilute aqueous solution, potassium bromide tastes sweet, at higher concentrations it tastes bitter, and tastes salty when the concentration is even higher.[by how much?] These effects are mainly due to the properties of the potassium ion—sodium bromide tastes salty at any concentration. In high concentration, potassium bromide strongly irritates the gastric mucous membrane, causing nausea and sometimes vomiting (a typical effect of all soluble potassium salts). Read more here.
Potassium bromide appears as odorless colorless crystals or white crystalline powder or white granular solid with a pungent bitter saline taste. Aqueous solutions are neutral (pH about 7). Potassium bromide is a metal bromide salt with a K(+) counterion. Read more here.
Potassium bromide is a white crystalline powder or granule. It is odorless and has a strong, bitter taste. It is soluble in water. Potassium bromide is an important commercial chemical. It is used in human and animal veterinary medicine as a sedative and anti-seizure medication. It may be used in the washing or to assist in the lye peeling of fruits and vegetables. It is also used in photography and as an analytical standard in laboratories. It is also used in sanitizing food processing equipment and utensils. It was used as an algaecide tablet to control bacteria and algae growth in spas. Read more here.
Potassium bromide (KBr) is a salt, widely used as an anticonvulsant and a sedative in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, with over-the-counter use extending to 1975 in the US. Its action is due to the bromide ion (sodium bromide is equally effective).Read more here.
For over a century, potassium bromide, or KBr, has been used in human and veterinary medicine as an anti-seizure medication.Read more here.
Potassium bromide is an antiepileptic drug that is used in dogs to control seizures that are not controlled by phenobarbital alone, or in dogs that do not tolerate phenobarbital well. Potassium bromide works by decreasing seizure activity within the central nervous system. Read more here.
Potassium bromide, sometimes abbreviated as KBr, is one of the traditional anticonvulsant medications used to treat canine and feline epilepsy. It is frequently used together with Phenobarbital but may be used by itself to control seizure activity as well. Read more here.
In human medicine potassium bromide is used as an adjunct to phenobarbital in the treatment of epilepsy. In the past, it was used in humans as a sedative and anti-convulsant at doses of up to 6 g/person/day (expressed as bromide). Read more here.
Loss of Coordination & Weakness of Hind Legs: KBr can cause a loss of coordination (ataxia) and hindlimb weakness. In severe cases, KBr can cause hindlimb paralysis. Predicting these side effects is difficult and sometimes impossible. Knowing that KBr may cause paralysis is a hard pill to swallow. Read more here.
Symptoms of exposure to this compound include central nervous system depression and skin eruptions. Other symptoms include vomiting, irritability, ataxia, mental confusion and coma. It may cause drowsiness, mania, hallucinations and skin rashes. It may also cause vertigo, neurological signs, sensory disturbances, increased spinal fluid pressures and, rarely, death. Exposure may lead to dermatitis, urticaria with occasional blepharitis and conjunctivitis, disturbances of color vision, retrobulbar neuritis and eye disturbances such as mydriasis, blurring or indistinctness of vision, apparent movement or wiggling, change in apparent size of objects and, rarely, photophobia and diplopia. It may also lead to depression, profound stupor and psychoses. Nausea, mental dullness, memory lapses and mental derangement may occur. Mental deterioration may also occur. Other symptoms include pulmonary edema, abdominal pain, paralysis, anorexia, tremor, emaciation, headache, pneumonia, slurred speech, delusions and psychotic behavior. Exposure may cause coughing, sore throat, shortness of breath and dizziness. It may irritate the skin, eyes and respiratory tract. Skin contact may cause redness, pain and burns. Eye contact may cause redness and pain. ACUTE/CHRONIC HAZARDS: This chemical is toxic by ingestion and inhalation. It is an irritant of the skin, eyes and respiratory tract. When heated to decomposition it emits toxic fumes of bromine. Read more here.