Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Feb 21, 2022.
Excipient (pharmacologically inactive substance)
What is it?
Carbomer is a high molecular weight polymer compound used commonly in the cosmetic industry. These compounds can absorb large amounts of water, increasing in volume up to 1,000 times to form gels and thick solutions that are stable and resistant to spoilage. When not in solution, they carbomers exist as a white powder. Best known for its use in the cosmetic industry, it also has practical applications in medicine and hygiene. Different numbers of carbomers denote their different molecular size. Carbomers are considered to be generally regarded as safe by the FDA, although high concentrations may lead to eye and skin irritation. Carbomers are commonly found in toothpaste and gels, shampoo, skin lotions, and some lubricant eye drops.
Top medications with this excipient
- Azuphen MB hyoscyamine sulfate 0.12 mg / methenamine 120 mg / methylene blue 10 mg / phenyl salicylate 36 mg / sodium phosphate monobasic 40.8 mg
- Indiomin MB hyoscyamine sulfate 0.12 mg / methenamine 120 mg / methylene blue 10 mg / sodium phosphate monobasic 40.8 mg
- Macrobid 100 mg
- Nitrofurantoin (Monohydrate/Macrocrystals) 100 mg
- Striant 30 mg
- Uramit MB hyoscyamine sulfate 0.12 mg / methenamine 118 mg / methylene blue 10 mg / phenyl salicylate 36 mg / sodium phosphate monobasic 40.8 mg
- Urophen MB benzoic acid 9.0 mg / hyoscyamine sulfate 0.12 mg / methenamine 81.6 mg / methylene blue 10.8 mg / phenyl salicylate 36.2 mg
- Patient.co.uk. Carbomer liquid eye gels. Accessed 1/14/2104. http://www.patient.co.uk/medicine/carbomer-liquid-eye-gels
- What is a Carbomer? http://www.wisegeek.org/what-is-a-carbomer.htm
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