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Invert Sugar



Invert sugar is added to cough syrups to enhance flavor, consistency, viscosity and smoothness of the syrup. It also has anti-crystallization properties.

How it works

Invert sugar belongs to a class of medications called as sweeteners. It is a mixture of equal parts of d-glucose and d-fructose produced by hydrolysis/inversion of sucrose. Invert Sugar is about 1.25 times sweeter than regular sugar and 1.7 times that of glucose which aids in enhancing the flavor of cough syrups and masking the bitterness of the medicines. 

Common side effects

Increased glucose level in blood, Increase in body weight


Expert advice

  • Inform your doctor if you have diabetes as invert sugar increases blood glucose levels.
  • Take precautions to maintain adequate oral hygiene as invert sugar is known to promote tooth decay.
  • Do not take if allergic to Invert sugar or any of its ingredients.

Content on this page was last updated on 30 September, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)