Plant Exudates and Mucilage as Pharmaceutical Excipients
All pharmaceutical dosage forms contain many excipients besides the active ingredients to support manufacturing and to get desired effect of pharmaceutical active ingredients. Gums and mucilages are extensively used natural materials for conventional and novel dosage forms. Natural material have been gaining lot of importance in the field of drug delivery because they are cost effective, nontoxic, stable, easily available with less regulatory issues, eco-friendly, capable of multiple chemical modifications, degradable and compatible due to their natural origin. Many natural gums are studied for use in novel drug delivery systems out of which polysaccharides, resins and tannins are most extensively studied and used. This review discusses about the polymeric compound, their sources, chemical constituents and uses in development and modification of pharmaceutical dosage form.
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