Lactose Powder is a product familiar to consumers. It has a wide variety of uses. It will enhance the flavor, texture and color of your tablet and is generally unreactive.
Pharma grade lactose powder is often used in tablets and has low levels of impurity. It is a carbohydrate which means it is a disaccharide. This means it is in the class of sugars which contain two monosaccharide residues. It makes up around 2-8% of milk as determined by weight. It’s a soluble product with a low level of sweetness. Lactose powder is clear and colourless and inert. It can improve safety elements of a drug and makes the manufacturing process smoother.
Lactose is a simple carbohydrate found in milk. Another name for it is “milk sugar.” It is a reducing sugar which means it reacts with amino acids at high temperatures. This may determine the final flavor. When lactose powder is used in a tablet, it would be through the direct compression method. Spray dried lactose and anhydrous are both able to form a solid tablet under compression. Pharma grade is a fine powder but it may work in conjunction with other lactose powders. Smaller mesh sizes makes mixing easier and more efficient and coarser grades improve flow. Lactose powder can also be mixed with sucrose to create sugar coating mixtures.
The creation of various grades of lactose powder have made many advances. Each grade produce a slightly unique form of lactose powder. This means you can be more specific with the properties of your formula. Each of these different grades have varying manufacture methods. Pharmaceutical grade lactose is manufactured with a concentration of whey to over-saturate the lactose.
The end users’s view should be taken into consideration during the creation of a tablet. Lactose Powder is a well known ingredient with many uses, and is familiar to the consumer. One issue to be aware of is a consumer who is lactose intolerant. Their consumption of this ingredient can result in cramps, diarrhea and flatulence.
Pharmaceutical grade lactose powder has to be stored it in a cool, dark place. Temperatures should remain below 27 degree Celsius and humidity below 65% as high humidity can result in mold.
This ingredient is:-
Included in the Canadian List of Acceptable Non-medicinal Ingredients.
Lactose powder is a widely accepted ingredient, that is considered safe across the world. It will improve the quality and taste of your product. and you will find an ingredient that fits perfectly into a variety of applications.