Last update Feb. 21, 2018

Sodium lauryl sulfate

Very Low Risk

Safe. Compatible. Minimal risk for breastfeeding and infant.

An anionic surfactant derived from coconut oil or palm kernel oil. It is used as a fat emulsifier, wetting agent and detergent in cosmetics, pharmaceuticals and toothpastes (Drugbank.com). It is used rectally in laxative enemas for its surfactant and lubricant properties.

Since the last update we have not found published data on its excretion in breastmilk.

Given the small amounts and route of administration, systemic absorption is practically nil (AEMPS 2013), so no significant excretion in breastmilk is expected.

Alternatives

We do not have alternatives for Sodium lauryl sulfate since it is relatively safe.

Suggestions made at e-lactancia are done by APILAM team of health professionals, and are based on updated scientific publications. It is not intended to replace the relationship you have with your doctor but to compound it. The pharmaceutical industry contraindicates breastfeeding, mistakenly and without scientific reasons, in most of the drug data sheets.

Jose Maria Paricio, Founder & President of APILAM/e-Lactancia

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Other names

Sodium lauryl sulfate is also known as Sodium Laurilsulfate. Here it is a list of alternative known names::


Sodium lauryl sulfate in other languages or writings:

Group

Sodium lauryl sulfate belongs to this group or family:

Tradenames

Main tradenames from several countries containing Sodium lauryl sulfate in its composition:

  • Aquanil
  • Clisteran™. Contains other elements than Sodium lauryl sulfate in its composition
  • Euroclear
  • Lactofilm
  • Limectant
  • Micralax™. Contains other elements than Sodium lauryl sulfate in its composition
  • Microlax ™. Contains other elements than Sodium lauryl sulfate in its composition
  • Micronema™. Contains other elements than Sodium lauryl sulfate in its composition

Pharmacokinetics

Variable Value Unit
Molecular weight 288 daltons

References

  1. DRUGBANK ONLINE. DrugBank.com 2006 - Consulted on Jan. 9, 2024 Full text (link to original source)
  2. AEMPS. Micralax. Ficha técnica. 2013 Full text (in our servers)

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