Croscarmellose sodium

Croscarmellose sodium, the sodium salt of a cellulose, is added to capsules, tablets and granules to help them disintegrate following ingestion. Croscarmellose sodium is generally regarded as an essentially nontoxic material. Consumption of large quantities may have a laxative effect, although the quantities used in capsules or tablets are unlikely to cause this problem 1.

This ingredient can be found in the following products in United States:


  1. Handbook of Pharmaceutical Excipients. Gurnee, IL: Pharmaceutical Press, 2006.