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Sodium bromide is a salt with the formula NaBr, widely used as an anticonvulsant and a sedative in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Its action is due to the bromide ion (potassium bromide is equally effective). It is a high-melting white, crystalline solid that resembles sodium chloride. It is a widely used source of the bromide ion.
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Principal chemical reactions
HBr can also be oxidized to Br2 using MnO2 or concentrated H2SO4.
NaBr is sold under the brand name Sedoneural.
NaBr is harmful if swallowed or inhaled in large amounts, affecting the central nervous system, brain, and eyes (see potassium bromide). The compound causes irritation to the skin, eyes and respiratory system.
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