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Oleic Acid

Excipient (pharmacologically inactive substance)

What is Oleic Acid?

Oleic acid, C18H34O2, is a fatty acid. It is used commercially in the preparation of oleates and lotions, and as a pharmaceutical solvent. It can be found in many animal and vegetable fats; it is primarily a monounsaturated fat. Olive oil is composed of primarily of oleic acid. Oleic acid use in asthma inhalers has been implicated in causing secondary bronchospasms in children.[1] [2]

[1] Drugs.com. Olive Oil. Accessed February 26, 2015 at http://www.drugs.com/npp/olive-oil.html

[2] Inactive Ingredients in Pharmaceutical Products: Update. Committee on Drugs Pediatrics 1997;99;268

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