Chemical Component Summary

Identifiers copper(2+)
copper(+2) cation
Formula Cu
Molecular Weight 63.55 g/mol
Type non-polymer
Isomeric SMILES [Cu++]
InChI InChI=1S/Cu/q+2

Chemical Details

Formal Charge 2
Atom Count 1
Chiral Atom Count 0
Chiral Atoms
Bond Count 0
Aromatic Bond Count 0

Drug Info: DrugBank

DrugBank ID DB09130   (Stereoisomeric match)
Name Copper
Groups approved
Description Copper is a chemical element with symbol Cu and atomic number 29. It is a ductile metal with very high thermal and electrical conductivity. It is the active ingredient in several contraceptive intrauterine devices (IUD).
Brand Names
  • A.R.T.H. Away Formula
  • Actyform
  • B & J Formula Dietary Supplement
  • C.A.G. Tab
  • Cal Mag Plus - Tab
Indication For intrauterine contraception for up to 10 years.
Pharmacology The contraceptive effectiveness of copper IUDs are enhanced by copper continuously released into the uterine cavity.
Mechanism of action Mechanisms by which copper enhances contraceptive efficacy include interference with sperm transport and fertilization of an egg, and possibly prevention of implantation.
Route of administration
  • Intrauterine
  • Intravenous
  • Oral
  • Chemical Actions and Uses
  • Diet, Food, and Nutrition
  • Elements
  • Food
  • Food and Beverages
CAS number 15158-11-9
Drug Info/Drug Targets: DrugBank 3.0: a comprehensive resource for 'omics' research on drugs. Knox C, Law V, Jewison T, Liu P, Ly S, Frolkis A, Pon A, Banco K, Mak C, Neveu V, Djoumbou Y, Eisner R, Guo AC, Wishart DS. Nucleic Acids Res. 2011 Jan; 39 (Database issue):D1035-41. | PMID: 21059682