Comprehensive review on additives of topical dosage forms for drug delivery

Tarun Garg, Goutam Rath, Amit K. Goyal

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Skin is the largest organ of the human body and plays the most important role in protecting against pathogen and foreign matter. Three important modes such as topical, regional and transdermal are widely used for delivery of various dosage forms. Among these modes, the topical dosage forms are preferred because it provides local therapeutic activity when applied to the skin or mucous membranes. Additives or pharmaceutical excipients (non-drug component of dosage form) are used as inactive ingredients in dosage form or tools for structuring dosage forms. The main use of topical dosage form additives are controling the extent of absorption, maintaining the viscosity, improving the stability as well as organoleptic property and increasing the bulk of the formulation. The overall goal of this article is to provide the clinician with information related to the topical dosage form additives and their current major applications against various diseases.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)969-987
Number of pages19
JournalDrug Delivery
Issue number8
StatePublished - Nov 17 2015
Externally publishedYes

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