Monday, November 21, 2011

Hydroxypropyl Methyl Cellulose (HPMC)

  • Hypromellose (INN), short for hydroxypropyl methylcellulose (HPMC), is a semisynthetic, inert, viscoelastic polymer used as an ophthalmic lubricant, as well as an excipient and controlled-delivery component in oral medicaments, found in a variety of commercial products.
  • As a food additive, hypromellose is an emulsifier, thickening and suspending agent, and an alternative to animal gelatin.
  • HPMC has many pharmaceutical uses, as a drug carrier, a coating agent, a tabletting agent, an emulsifier in ointments. It is also used in ophthalmic solutions and as a slow release agent.
  • It is widely used in personal care products as a thickening agent and foam stablizer.
  • It is also used in tile adhesives, cement renders, paints and coatings in the construction industry as a thickening agent.

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