Geritol® liquid contains a small, safe amount of alcohol for several reasons. Alcohol has a long history of safe use in liquid over-the-counter medications and serves several important purposes:
- First, alcohol is a solvent, keeping drug interactions from occurring within a solution so consumers receive the proper dose.
- Second, alcohol acts as a preservative, preventing the growth of harmful bacteria in the liquid formula.
- Finally, alcohol can be part of the flavoring system, helping to mask the unpleasant taste of some drug ingredients.