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Paraffin liquid

In some countries, this medicine may only be approved for veterinary use.


Ph. Eur.

ATC (Anatomical Therapeutic Chemical Classification)


CAS registry number (Chemical Abstracts Service)


Therapeutic Categories

Pharmaceutic aid

Laxative: Emollient

Chemical Name

Purified mixture of saturated hydrocarbons obtained from petroleum. (Ph. Eur.)

Foreign Names

  • Paraffinum liquidum (Latin)
  • Paraffin, dickflüssiges (German)
  • Paraffine liquide (French)
  • Parafina, aceite de (Spanish)

Generic Names

  • Heavy Liquid Petrolatum (IS)
  • Heavy Mineral Oil (IS)
  • Huile de Vaseline Épaisse (IS)
  • Liquid Petrolatum (IS)
  • Mineral Oil (IS)
  • Oleum Vaselini (IS)
  • Paraffin Oil (IS)
  • Paraffin Subliquidum (IS)
  • White Mineral Oil (IS)
  • Liquid Paraffin (PH: JP XVI)
  • Mineral Oil (PH: USP 38)
  • Paraffin, Liquid (PH: BP 2016)
  • Paraffin, liquid (PH: Ph. Eur. 8)
  • Paraffinum liquidum (PH: Ph. Eur. 8)
  • Petrolatum (PH: USP 38)

Brand Names


ISInofficial Synonym
PHPharmacopoeia Name
Ph. Eur.European Pharmacopoeia

Further information on drug naming conventions: International Nonproprietary Names.

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