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Why do acidic drugs remain unionized in acidic environement?

  1. Oct 10, 2013 #1
    Why do acidic drugs remain unionized in acidic environement, and become ionized in basic environment?

    Similarly, why do basic drugs become ionized in acidic environment and remain unionized in basic environment?
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  3. Oct 10, 2013 #2


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    This is a pretty basic question about behavior of acids and bases. Short answer: because that's exactly the way they behave. Long answer: please learn about acid/base equilibrium, this is part of GenChem101.

    Actually this is a chemistry question, not medical sciences. I am moving the thread.
  4. Oct 10, 2013 #3


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    When I read the subject, I thought you were asking about why acidic drugs were involved in collective bargaining :smile:
  5. Oct 11, 2013 #4
    That's how you know if someone is a Chemist or not. You ask them to pronounce unionized.

    Un-ionized = Chemist
    Union-ized = Not a Chemist

  6. Oct 12, 2013 #5
    Thank you very much for your suggestion and correcting the category. And sorry about my late reply as I have been sick lately.
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