Castor oil

Active ingredient description

Castor oil is a vegetable oil pressed from the seeds of the castor bean, Ricinus communis. Castor oil is used medicinally as a laxative and as an excipient.

Medicine classification

This medicinal substance has been classified in the anatomical therapeutic chemical (ATC) classification according to its main therapeutic use as follows:

ATC code
Group title
Castor oil
A Alimentary tract and metabolism → A06 Laxatives → A06A Laxatives → A06AB Contact laxatives
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External identifiers

CAS Substance: 8001-79-4
DrugBank Drug: DB11113
RxNorm Ingredient: 2129
SNOMED-CT Concept: 34239008
Castor oil (substance)
UNII Identifier: D5340Y2I9G


Castor oil is an active ingredient of these brands:

Australia (AU)

  • (combination) ACI-JEL as RICINOLEIC ACID

New Zealand (NZ)

  • (combination) ACI-JEL as RICINOLEIC ACID

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