Hydroxypropyl Methyl Cellulose (HPMC)

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  • Hydroxypropyl methyl cellulose is a polymer and dietary fiber used as a carrier or controlled-delivery additive in oral medications found in a variety of products.
  • It is also known as hypromellose, which is the international, non-proprietary name (INN) for this substance.
  • The name is not patented by any drug company, and can be used without fear of trademark or copyright infringement. HPMC is a solid substance at room temperature and is typically beige in color.
  • Hydroxypropyl methyl cellulose is used in eye drops, as a food additive and as an incipient in oral medications.
  • It is also used as a thickening agent in the construction industry.
  • Hydroxypropyl methyl cellulose is used as a food additive for thickening and emulsifying liquids.
  • It is also used in tile adhesives, cement renders, paints and coatings in the construction industry as a thickening agent.
  • Hypromellose, is used primarily in construction materials like tile adhesives and renders where it is used as a rheology modifier and water retention agent.
  • 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.
  • As a food additive, hypromellose is an emulsifier, thickening and suspending agent, and an alternative to animal
    gelatin.

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