HPLC Separation of Polar Drugs with MS-compatible Method

Acetaminophen is an over-the-counter pain and fever reducer, and a major component of cold and flue remedies. Phenylephrine is a decongestant. Guaifenesin is a mucolytic agent used to relieve respiratory difficulties. These three compounds of cough medication were separated by mixed-mode chromatography on a Primesep C HPLC column. Retention and order of elution for phenylephrine can be changed by buffer concentration and buffer pH. Method can be used for analysis of cough and cold composition during the production and in QC/QA environment. Method is compatible with LC/MS and can be used to analyze these components in biological fluids. This generic HPLC method is robust and reproducible.


Column Primesep C, 3×150 mm, 5 µm, 100A
Mobile Phase MeCN
Buffer AmAc
Flow Rate 0.5 ml/min
Detection UV, 270 nm




Class of Compounds
Drug, Analgetic, Acid, Hydrophilic, Ionizable,
Analyzing Compounds Acetaminophen, Pseudoephedrine, Guaifenesin

Application Column

Primesep C

The Primesep family of mixed-mode columns offers a wide variety of stationary phases, boasting unprecedented selectivity in the separation of a broad array of chemical compounds across multiple applications. Corresponding Primesep guard columns, available with all stationary phases, do not require holders. SIELC provides a method development service available to all customers. Inquire about our specially-tailored custom LC-phases for specific separations.

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Application Analytes:
Acetaminophen (Paracetamol)

Application Detection:
UV Detection
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