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FD&C Yellow No. 10 Lake

Excipient (pharmacologically inactive substance)

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jun 3, 2021.

What is it?

FD&C Yellow No. 10 Lake is not approved as a colorant in the US. FDA performs regulatory review for color additives used in foods, drugs, cosmetics, and medical devices. D&C Yellow No. 10 Lake is a FDA-approved color commonly used to dye dosage forms such as tablets and capsules. D&C Yellow No. 10 Lake is approved for use in drugs and cosmetics but it is not approved as a colorant for food.

FD&C colors are the colors certified for use by the U.S. FDA in the food, drug, and cosmetic industry. The D&C notation specifies the color is approved only for drugs and cosmetics. The FDA states that D&C Yellow No. 10 Lake may be safely used as a color additive when their specifications are followed.

According to the FDA, lakes are formed by reacting straight dyes (such as D&C Yellow No. 10) with precipitants and salts. Aluminum is often a component. Lakes may be used as color additives for tablet coatings due to their stability.[1] [2]


[1] Electronic Code of Federal Registers. Title 21: Food and Drugs. Part 74. Listing of color additives subject to certification. Subpart B. Drugs. Accessed online October 19, 2011.;sid=c387334e82029536a53dde1171ba5481;rgn=div5;view=text;node=21%3A1.;idno=21;cc=ecfr#21:

[2] U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Color Additives: FDA's Regulatory Process and Historical Perspectives. Accessed 10/20/2011.

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