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White Wax

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Oct 6, 2023.

Excipient (pharmacologically inactive substance)

What is it?

White wax is like yellow wax that has been bleached by being rolled thinly and exposed to light and air, or bleached by chemical oxidants. Like yellow wax, white wax is also used in preparing ointments, cerates, plasters, and suppositories. Most waxes used in the pharmaceutical industry are also used for tablet coatings and binding. Other types of wax include yellow wax (beeswax) and wax absolute.[1]

List of medications using White Wax


  1. Wolfmeier, U., Schmidt, H., Heinrichs, F.L., et al. 2000. Waxes. Ullmann's Encyclopedia of Industrial Chemistry.

Further information

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