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Carrageenan is a naturally occurring polysaccharide extracted from red seaweed.
Carrageenan has three types, Iota, Kappa, and Lambda. Iota Carrageenan forms flexible and elastic gel; Kappa Carrageenan forms strong and brittle gel; Lambda Carrageenan creates viscosity. Each type has unique properties useful in controlled release matrix formation.
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Primary function
Hydrophilic matrix former
Typical use level
25 - 30%
Benefits / Claims

Carrageenan provides near zero order release.

Different types of carrageenan give flexibility to tailor release profile according to drug requirements

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