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Excipient (pharmacologically inactive substance)

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Dec 24, 2020.

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]

Top Medications with this excipient


[1] Hard paraffin. Accessed 2/16/2015 at

[2] Unicorn Petroleum Industries. Waxes. Accessed 2/15/2015 at

Further information

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