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Also known as Arlex

Sorbitol, also known as glucitol, is a sugar alcohol, which the human body metabolizes slowly. It can be obtained by reduction of glucose, changing the aldehyde group to a hydroxyl group. Sorbitol is found in apples, pears, peaches, and prunes. It is synthesized by sorbitol-6-phosphate dehydrogenase, and converted to fructose by succinate dehydrogenase and sorbitol dehydrogenase. Succinate dehydrogenase is an enzyme complex that participates in the citric acid cycle.

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What is it prescribed for?

Patients are most commonly prescribed sorbitol to treat chronic constipation, constipation, drug poisoning due to medication, and rabies.

What side effects are related?

Patients taking sorbitol most commonly experience side effects like headache, asthma, and cough.

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