Shellac

18/Description

About

Shellac is made by the insect Laccifer lacca. Don't confuse shellac made by this insect with the varnish-like product found at hardware stores. Varnish-like shellac contains methanol (wood alcohol) and is very poisonous.

In dentistry, shellac from Laccifer lacca is used to make dentures and other dental products. In the pharmaceutical industry, shellac is used as a tablet coating and for other uses. In manufacturing, shellac is used as a finish for furniture, an ingredient in hair spray and in other cosmetics. Although shellac has been used for years in pharmacy, dentistry, and manufacturing, it has fallen into disfavor for some products because it ages over time.

Shellac does not have any medicinal uses.

How it works

Shellac is used for its clear coating properties and as a natural “glue.”

Effectiveness

Not Proven
Any medicinal use

Concerns

Shellac is safe for most people when taken by mouth in pharmaceutical products. A few people are allergic to shellac. Do not confuse the shellac used in dental and pharmaceutical manufacturing with the varnish-like product from the hardware store. Varnish-like shellac contains methanol (wood alcohol) and is very poisonous.

18/Warnings

Warnings

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of shellac duringpregnancyandbreast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.Dosing considerations for Shellac.

Shellac allergy: Some people are allergic to shellac. Don't use it if you have this type of allergy.

Interactions

No information available.

The information provided on this page is for reference purposes and is not meant to be used as a medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always consult with a medical professional.