Cod-liver Oil

Synonyms: Aceite de hígado de bacalao; Baliık yağı; Cod Liver Oil; Csukamájolaj; Foie de morue, huile de; Huile de Foie de Morue; Iecoris aselli oleum; Kalanmaksaöljy; Lebertran; Menkiu kepenu taukai; Ol. Morrh.; Óleo de Bacalhau; Oleum Jecoris Aselli; Oleum Morrhuae; Olio di Fegato di Merluzzo; Rybí olej; Torskleverolja.
Cyrillic synonym: Тресковый Печёночный Жир.

💊 Chemical information

CAS — 8001-69-2.


In Chin., Eur., Jpn, and US.

Ph. Eur. 6.2

(Cod-liver Oil (Type A) and Cod-liver Oil (Type B)). Purified fatty oils obtained from the fresh livers of Gadus morhua and other species of Gadidae, solid substances being removed by cooling and filtering. The oils contain not less than 600 units (180 micrograms) and not more than 2500 units (750 micrograms) of vitamin A per g and not less than 60 units (1.5 micrograms) and not more than 250 units (6.25 micrograms) of vitamin D 3 (colecalciferol) per g. Authorised antoxidants in concentrations not exceeding those prescribed by the competent authority may be added. Clear yellowish viscous liquids. Practically insoluble in water; slightly soluble in alcohol; miscible with petroleum spirit. Store in well-filled airtight containers. Store under an inert gas if no antoxidant is added. Protect from light.

USP 31

(Cod Liver Oil). The partially destearinated fixed oil obtained from the fresh livers of Gadus morrhua and other species of Gadidae. It contains not less than 600 units (180 micrograms) and not more than 2500 units (750 micrograms) of vitamin A per g and not less than 60 units (1.5 micrograms) and not more than 250 units (6.25 micrograms) of vitamin D per g. It may be flavoured by the addition of not more than 1% of a suitable flavour or a mixture of flavours. A suitable antoxidant may be added. A thin, oily liquid, having a characteristic, slightly fishy but not rancid odour. Slightly soluble in alcohol; freely soluble in carbon disulfide, in chloroform, in ether, and in ethyl acetate. Store in airtight containers. It may be bottled or packaged in containers from which air has been expelled by the production of a vacuum or by an inert gas.

💊 Profile

Cod-liver oil is a rich source of vitamin D and a good source of vitamin A. It also contains several essential fatty acids. Cod-liver oil dressings or ointment have been advocated to accelerate healing in burns, ulcers, pressure sores, and superficial wounds, but controlled observations have failed to substantiate claims of their value.

💊 Preparations

USP 31: Cod Liver Oil Capsules.

Proprietary Preparations

Austral.: Hypol†; Austria: Adecaps; Vitapan; Ger.: Gelovital; Unguentolan; Hong Kong: Scott’s Emulsion; India: Seaking†; Ital.: Dermovitamina; Pol.: Letin-Tran; Masc Tranowa; Naturkaps Tran; Tran; Spain: Aceite Geve Concentrado; Switz.: Morrhulan; Turk.: Seven Seas Pulse; Venez.: North Sea†; Scott Tradicional; Supercod. Multi-ingredient: Arg.: Abanta; Atomoderma A-D; Atomoderma Plus; Eryteal; Hipoglos con Hidrocortisona; Klorane Bebe Eryteal; Austral.: Covitol; Desitin Nappy Rash Ointment; Hypol; Austria: Dermilon; Dermowund; Desitin; Leukichtan; Mirfulan; Nuri-Kapseln; Pudan-LebertranZinksalbe; Vulpuran; Belg.: Mitosyl; Newderm†; Polyseptol; Braz.: Blumen†; Calciumvit Infantil†; Hiposan; Oxizinco; Topiglos; Canad.: Desitin; Chile: Cikavit; Deltisan; Dulinas†; Nenegloss; Pediaderm†; Vatanal; Cz.: Desitin†; Fr.: Eryteal†; Halivite†; Magalite; Ger.: Dermilon; Desitin; Leukona-Wundsalbe†; Mirfulan; Mirfulan Spray N; Mitosyl N; Zinksalbe; Gr.: Fissan-Pate†; Fissan†; Hong Kong: Desitin; Scott’s Emulsion Orange; India: Seaking Plus†; Indon.: Co-Q-10; Scott’s Emulsion; Irl.: Caldease; Morhulin; Israel: Desitin; Rekasitin; Zincod; Ital.: Fosfarsile Junior; Neo-Ustiol; Steril Zeta; Trofo 5; Mex.: Bacnutri; Capent; Desitin; Emulsion de Scott; Glossderm; Sutin†; Norw.: Aselli; Pol.: Dehalid†; Rectosec; Tran z Olejem Wiesiolkowym†; Tranvit; Port.: Mitosyl; S.Afr.: Achromide; Daromide; SB Universal Ointment; Ung Vernleigh; Singapore: Seven Seas JointCare High Strength; Spain: Avril; Switz.: Keroderm†; Leucen; Radix†; Unguentolan; Vita-Hexin; UK: Arheumacare; Clogar; JointCare Max; M & M; Morhulin; USA: A and D Medicated; Caldesene; Clocream; Desitin; Diaper Rash; Dyprotex; Venez.: Wampole†.
Published November 20, 2018.