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Medically reviewed by Last updated on Nov 6, 2023.

Excipient (pharmacologically inactive substance)

What is it?

Acacia, also known as gum Arabic, is used in the pharmaceutical industry as an emulsifier, stabilizing agent, suspending agent, tablet binder, and viscosity-increasing agent.

Acacia is the dried gummy exudation from Acacia senegal and other species of Acacia (family Leguminosae), prepared as a mucilage and syrup. It is also used in the cooking industry to give body and texture to processed foods. [1] [2]

List of medications using Acacia


  1. Dave RH. Overview of pharmaceutical excipients used in tablets and capsules. Drug Topics (online). Advanstar. 10/24/2008 Accessed 08/19/2011
  2. Acacia Gum Information.; MedFacts Natural Products. Updated October 4, 2011. Accessed October 24, 2011.

Further information

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