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Polysorbate 20

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jan 1, 2024.

Excipient (pharmacologically inactive substance)

What is it?

Polysorbates, C26H50O10, also known as tweens, are usually inert substances added to drug dose forms in order to provide suitable consistency to the dosage form. These include binders, matrix, base or diluent in pills, tablets, creams, salves, etc. They may also serve as agents that modify interfacial tension of water; usually substances that have one lipophilic and one hydrophilic group in the molecule; includes soaps, detergents, emulsifiers, dispersing and wetting agents, and several groups of antiseptics. Polysorbate may used in the pharmaceutical and cosmetic industry in lotions, medical preparations (e.g., vitamin oils, vaccines, and intravenous preparations) and as an excipient in tablets.[1][2]

List of medications using Polysorbate 20


  1. [1]Dave RH. Overview of pharmaceutical excipients used in tablets and capsules. Drug Topics (online). Advanstar. 10/24/2008 Accessed 08/19/2011

Further information

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