Bromide of sodium should be kept in well-stopped bottles. Small, colorless or white, monoclinic crystals, or a crystalline powder, permanent in dry air, odorless, having a saline, slightly bitter taste and a neutral or faintly alkaline reaction. Soluble in 1.2 parts of water, and in 13 parts of alcohol at 15° C. (59° F.); in 0.5 part of boiling water, and in 11 parts of boiling alcohol. This salt is dissolved for immediate use, one part in nine parts of distilled water. If a solution be kept in stock, which is not advisable, it easily absorbs oxygen and carbonic acid from the air and separates bromide.