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Excipient (pharmacologically inactive substance)
What is it?
Cetostearyl Alcohol (CH3(CH2)nOH) is a mixture of cetyl and stearyl alcohols that can come from vegetable or synthetic sources. It is classified as a fatty alcohol. Cetostearyl alcohol is a white, waxy, solid material in the form of flakes. It is oil soluble, but it is not water-soluble. In the pharmaceutical and cosmetics industry, cetostearyl alcohol functions as an emulsion stabilizer; opacifying agent; surfactant - foam booster; and viscosity increasing agent. It is often used in creams and lotions. It has a melting point of 122°F (50°C) and a boiling point: 480.2°F (249°C).
Top medications with this excipient
- Diclofenac Sodium Extended-Release 100 mg
- Levetiracetam Extended-Release 500 mg
- Levetiracetam Extended-Release 750 mg
- Methylphenidate Hydrochloride SR 20 mg
- Morphine Sulfate Extended-Release 15 mg
- Morphine Sulfate Extended-Release 30 mg
- Morphine Sulfate Extended-Release 200 mg
- Morphine Sulfate Extended-Release 100 mg
- MS Contin 60 mg
- MS Contin 100 mg
- MS Contin 15 mg
- MS Contin 30 mg
- Ritalin-SR 20 mg
- Theophylline (Anhydrous) Extended-Release 400 mg
- Theophylline (Anhydrous) Extended-Release 600 mg
- Theophylline Extended Release 400 mg
- Theophylline Extended Release 600 mg
- Venlafaxine Hydrochloride Extended Release 37.5 mg
- Venlafaxine Hydrochloride Extended Release 75 mg
- Venlafaxine Hydrochloride Extended Release 150 mg
- Enviromental Working Group. Cetearyl alcohol. Accessed March 27, 2014 at http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/701236/CETEARYL_ALCOHOL/
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