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FD&C Yellow No. 6

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jan 19, 2024.

Excipient (pharmacologically inactive substance)

What is it?

FDA has regulatory review for color additives used in foods, drugs, cosmetics, and medical devices. FD&C Yellow No. 6 (also known as sunset yellow) is a colorant used in drug dosage forms such as tablets and capsules. It is also approved for use in foods and cosmetics. FD&C Yellow No. 6, a water-soluble, monoazo dye, imparts a reddish-yellow color to medicinal dosage forms. Animals studies have not reported a carcinogenic (cancer-causing) potential for FD&C Yellow No. 6.[1] [2]

List of medications using FD&C Yellow No. 6


  1. Huff J.Environ. Health Perspect. FD&C Yellow No. 6. 1982.45:209-10. Accessed 10/20/2011.
  2. U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Color Additives: FDA's Regulatory Process and Historical Perspectives. Accessed 10/20/2011.

Further information

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