Best castor oil emulsion formulation uses, effects, and more

Castor oil emulsion formulation:-

Best castor oil emulsion formulation uses, effects, and more

What is an emulsion?

A mixture of two or more immiscible substances made miscible with the help of emulsifying agents (e.g. gum acacia).

Types of emulsion:-

  1. Oil in water:- if oil is dispersed in water, e.g. milk
  2. Water in oil-if water droplets are added to oil, e.g. margarine, castor oil emulsion etc.

Castor oil emulsion:-

Oleum ricini 1.0 ml

Gum acacia 1.5 gms

Aqua ad 16.0 ml

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One does to be taken daily in the early morning.

Castor oil emulsion Procedure:-

  • Take 4.5 gms of gum acacia and put in the mortar.
  • Take 3 ml of oleum ricini in a measuring flask and add drop by drop to the gum acacia in the mortar.
  • Mix the two substances by continuous grinding with the help of the pestle.
  • Add water drop by drop until a milky white emulsion is prepared and no air or water bubble are seen in the emulsion.
  • Then transfer the preparation to the measuring flask and add more water was to make the final volume of the preparation to 48 ml.
  • Transfer this emulsion to the dispensing bottle, label it and cork it.
  • Put a scale on the other side for proper dosing.

Castor oil emulsion mechanism of action:-

  • It is one of the oldest purgatives to be used.
  • It is a vegetable oil obtained from the seeds of Ricinus communis.
  • After ingestion, castor oil reaches the ileum.
  • Here, it is hydrolyzed to ricinoleic acid(active principle) and glycerol by pancreatic lipase.
  • Ricinoleic acid is polar, hence poorly absorbed and irritates the mucosa, stimulating intestinal contractions.
  • It also decreases intestinal absorption of water and electrolytes and enhances secretion by a detergent-like action on the mucosa.
  • DOSE: 15-25 ml(adults), 5-15 ml(children) taken in the morning.
  • ONSET OF ACTION:2-3 hours

Castor oil emulsion uses:-

  1. As a stimulant purgative
  2. Emollient
  3. Hair oil

Adverse effects:-

  1. Unpalatability
  2. Cramping
  3. Possibility of dehydration
  4. After-constipation following prolonged use.


  1. Pregnancy.
  2. Acute abdominal pain.
  3. Diarrhea.
  4. Acute appendicitis.
  5. Intestinal perforation

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Prevention of constipation:-

  1. High fiber diet.
  2. Adequate wats intake.
  3. Regular exercise.
  4. Heeding of nature’s call.
  5. Avoidance of self-medication

Other drug use in constipation:-

  1. Bulk-forming:- dietary fibers, bran, psillium, ispaghula, methylcellulose.
  2. Stool softener:- docussates(DOSS), liquid paraffin, glycerine suppositories.
  3. Other stimulant purgatives:- bisacodyl, senna, cascara, prucalopride, tegaserod etc.
  4. Osmotic purgatives:- sulfate and hydroxide salts of magnesium hydroxide and phosphate of sodium, sodium potassium tartrate, sorbitol, lactulose, balanced PEG (polyethylene glycol).
  5. Chloride channel activators:- Lubiprostone, Linaclotide
  6. Opioid receptor antagonist:- Methyl naltrexone, Alvimopan

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