Shellac

How does Shellac work?

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

Are there safety 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.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of shellac during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

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

Dosing considerations for Shellac.

The appropriate dose of shellac depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for shellac. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.


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