Croscarmellose sodium is a type of cross-linked sodium carboxymethylcellulose, which is a cellulose-based excipient commonly used in the pharmaceutical industry. It is a white, free-flowing powder that is soluble in water and has a neutral taste.
Croscarmellose sodium is used as a disintegrant in the manufacture of tablets and capsules. It works by absorbing water and swelling, which helps to break down the tablet or capsule and facilitate the release of the active ingredient. This property makes croscarmellose sodium an important component in the development of controlled-release and extended-release medications.
Croscarmellose sodium is generally considered safe for use in the amounts typically used in products, and it is approved for use by regulatory agencies, including the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the European Medicines Agency (EMA). However, as with any excipient, there is always a small risk of an adverse reaction, especially in individuals with pre-existing allergies or sensitivities. If you have concerns about using products containing croscarmellose sodium, it’s important to speak with a doctor or a healthcare professional before using them.