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In the US, Methylcellulose (methylcellulose systemic) is a member of the drug class laxatives and is used to treat Constipation.

US matches:



ATC (Anatomical Therapeutic Chemical Classification)


CAS registry number (Chemical Abstracts Service)


Therapeutic Categories

Food additive (e number)

Pharmaceutic aid

Laxative: Bulk-forming

Ophthalmic agent

Chemical Name

Cellulose, metyl eter

Foreign Names

  • Methylcellulosum (Latin)
  • Methylcellulose (German)
  • Méthylcellulose (French)
  • Metilcelulosa (Spanish)

Generic Names

  • Methylcellulose (OS: JAN)
  • Méthylcellulose (OS: DCF)
  • E 461 (IS)
  • Methylcellulose (PH: BP 2016, JP XVI, Ph. Eur. 8, Ph. Int. 4, USP 38)
  • Méthylcellulose (PH: Ph. Eur. 8)
  • Methylcellulosum (PH: Ph. Eur. 8, Ph. Int. 4)

Brand Names


DCFDénomination Commune Française
ISInofficial Synonym
JANJapanese Accepted Name
OSOfficial Synonym
PHPharmacopoeia Name
Rec.INNRecommended International Nonproprietary Name (World Health Organization)

Further information on drug naming conventions: International Nonproprietary Names.

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