Excipient (pharmacologically inactive substance)
Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on March 23, 2021.
What is it?
Butylparaben, with the chemical formula of C11H14O3 is an antimicrobial preservative used in many cosmetics, as a food flavoring agent and as a suspending agent for medications. Butylparaben used in industry is synthetically created, but natural parabens also exist in nature.
All parabens have similar structure to estrogen. Studies conducted in the early 2000s located traces of parabens in breast tumors, but evidence has not linked parabens with breast cancer.
The Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR) reviewed the safety of methylparaben, propylparaben, and butylparaben in 1984 and concluded they were safe for use in cosmetic products at levels up to 25%. Typically parabens are used at levels ranging from 0.01 to 0.3%.
Top Medications with this excipient
- Acetaminophen and Hydrocodone Bitartrate 500 mg / 5 mg
- Diphenhist 25 mg
- Diphenhydramine Hydrochloride 25 mg
- Ergocalciferol 1.25 mg (50,000 USP units)
- Fluoxetine Hydrochloride 20 mg
- Hydroxyurea 500 mg
- Lescol 40 mg
- Lescol 20 mg
- Loxapine Succinate 5 mg
- Loxapine Succinate 25 mg
- Loxapine Succinate 50 mg
- Oxazepam 10 mg
- Phenytoin Sodium 100 mg
- Phrenilin Forte acetaminophen 650mg / butalbital 50mg
- Phrenilin with Caffeine and Codeine acetaminophen 325 mg / butalbital 50 mg / caffeine 40 mg / codeine phosphate 30 mg
- Seromycin 250 mg
- Surmontil 50 mg
- Temazepam 30 mg
- Tetracycline Hydrochloride 250 mg
- Tylenol Extra Strength 500 mg
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