Mercurous Chloride

(BANM, rINNM)

💊 Chemical information

Calomel; Calomelanos; Cloreto Mercuroso; Hydrarg. Subchlor.; Hydrargyri Subchloridum; Hydrargyrosi Chloridum; Hydrargyrum Chloratum (Mite); Mercureux (Chlorure); Mercurioso, cloruro; Mercurius Dulcis; Mercury Monochloride; Mercury Subchloride; Mild Mercurous Chloride; Protocloruro de Mercurio; Quecksilberchlorür.
HgCl = 236.0; Hg2Cl2= 472.1.
CAS — 7546-30-7 (HgCl); 10112-91-1 (Hg 2 Cl 2 ).

Pharmacopoeias.

In Chin. as Hg 2 Cl 2 .

💊 Profile

Mercurous chloride was formerly given as a laxative and was applied topically as an antibacterial. It was one of the mercury compounds employed in the management of syphilis in the preantibiotic era. The mercurous form of mercury does not possess the corrosive properties of the mercuric form and is not absorbed to any great extent. However, the mercurous form can be converted to the mercuric, with consequent toxicity as described under Mercury (see below).

💊 Preparations

Proprietary Preparations

Multi-ingredient: Hung.: Dermaforine†.
Published May 08, 2019.