Skip to main content

Olive Oil

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jan 20, 2023.

Excipient (pharmacologically inactive substance)

What is it?

Olive oil, Olea europaea L., also known as sweet oil, is a commonly used as a salad oil and in cooking. Olive oil is pressed from olives growing in the Mediterranean region. In the pharmaceutical industry, it has also been used as a vehicle for oily suspensions for injections and topically as a demulcent and emollient in creams or ointments. In years past, it was used as a laxative. Olive oil, in moderation, is often promoted as a better oil to improve the lipid profile in cardiovascular disease due to a higher percentage of monounsaturated fats than standard vegetable oil.[1]

List of medications using Olive Oil


  1. Olive Oil. Accessed February 26, 2015 at

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.