Hydroxypropyl methylcellulose

Hydroxypropyl methylcellulose (HPMC), also known as hypromellose, is a derivative of cellulose. In oral products, HPMC is primarily used as a binder and for encapsulation as an alternative to animal-derived gelatin. In foods, it is used as a thickener and to stabilize oil-in-water mixtures 1. Hydroxypropyl methylcellulose is an approved food additive by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) (21CFR172.874).

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


  1. Handbook of Pharmaceutical Excipients. Washington, DC: Pharmaceutical Press and American Pharmacists Assn, 2006.