A REVIEW ON NATURAL GUMS AND MUCILAGE USED AS SUSPENDING AGENTS IN VARIOUS SUSPENSION
Prof. Rajeshwari S. Patil*, Dr. Anilkumar U. Tatiya, Prof. Dipashri D. Malkhede, Prof. Vaibhav G. Kute and Prof. Vishal S. Bagul
Now a days, a large number of pharmaceutical excipients are obtained from natural sources. Nature has provided us a wide variety of materials to help improve and sustain the health of all living things either directly or indirectly. Gums and mucilage are widely used natural materials for conventional and novel dosage forms. These natural materials have advantages over synthetic ones since they are chemically inert, nontoxic, less expensive, biodegradable and widely available. Gums, Mucilage and their derivatives are a group of polymers extensively used in suspension as suspending agent in various drugs. The present review provides an overview of various aspects of natural suspending agent like general extraction method, physicochemical properties and characterization of gum and mucilage.
Keywords: Gum and Mucilage, Advantages and disadvantages, literature on suspending agent.
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