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Medically reviewed by Last updated on Dec 25, 2023.

Excipient (pharmacologically inactive substance)

What is it?

Paraffin is a white to off-white crystalline purified mixture of solid hydrocarbons derived from petroleum. Paraffin, a waxy solid, is ideally suited for manufacture of premium quality candles, cosmetic creams & pharmaceutical ointments, petroleum jelly, and as a general purpose lubricant in industry.[1][2]

List of medications using Paraffin


  1. Hard paraffin. Accessed 2/16/2015 at
  2. Unicorn Petroleum Industries. Waxes. Accessed 2/15/2015 at

Further information

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