Amylmetacresol (AMC) is derived from m-cresol and has a pentyl group linked to the sixth carbon atom in its structure. The pure substance melts at 24 °C (75 °F) and is soluble in water, ethanol, acetone, diethylether and oil. It is used in lozenges, employed for the symptomatic relief of throat and mouth infections.
|Name of Product||Amylmetacresol|
|Synonyms||6-Pentyl-m-cresol; 6-Amyl-m-cresol; Amylmetacresolum; amilmetacresol; 2-Amyl-5-methylphenol; Amylmétacrésol|
|Molecular Weight||178.27 g/mol|
|1||Appearance (Form)||Clear or almost clear liquid, or Solid crystalline mass|
|2||Appearance (Colour)||Colourless or Slightly Yellow|
|3||Melting Point||24 °C|
|4||Solubility||Very soluble in acetone and in ethanol (96%)
Practically insoluble in water
It is active against both bacteria and viruses owing to its antibacterial and antiviral properties. It functions by killing the bacteria that causes the infection or grows in when there is an infection in the mouth or throat.
The side effects which may occur upon the use of Amylmetacresol are-
Q. Is Amylmetacresol safe in pregnancy?
There has not been sufficient research done on the Amylmetacresol’s efficacy or safety during pregnancy. It is thus preferable to avoid its use during pregnancy to minimize any potential risk.
Q. Is Amylmetacresol an antibiotic?
Amylmetacresol is an antibiotic.