Attapulgite Other names: Palygorskite

Molecular mass: 412.684 g/mol  PubChem compound: 155491311

Active ingredient description

Attapulgite is a magnesium aluminium phyllosilicate which occurs in a type of clay soil common to the Southeastern United States. It physically binds to acids and toxic substances in the stomach and digestive tract. For that reason, it has often been used in antidiarrheal medications.

Medicine classification

This medicinal substance has been classified in the anatomical therapeutic chemical (ATC) classification according to its main therapeutic use as follows:

ATC code Group title Classification
A07BC04 Attapulgite A Alimentary tract and metabolism → A07 Antidiarrheals, intestinal antiinflammatory/antiinfective agents → A07B Intestinal adsorbents → A07BC Other intestinal adsorbents
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Structural formula

Graphic representation of the active ingredient's molecular structure

External identifiers

CAS Substance: 12174-11-7
DrugBank Drug: DB01574
PubChem Compound: 155491311
RxNorm Ingredient: 18516
SNOMED-CT Concept: 17917000
Activated attapulgite (substance)
UNII Identifier: U6V729APAM


Attapulgite is an active ingredient of these brands:

Ecuador (EC)

France (FR)

Tunisia (TN)

Turkey (TR)

Note the following: The list of brand names is continuously updated, and thus does not include the total of products circulating worldwide.

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