Uses: Polyvinylpyrrolidone is used as a dispersing agent, colour stabiliser, Flavours and fragrances, pharmaceuticals.
The cross-linked form of PVP is used as a disintegrant (see also excipients) in pharmaceutical tablets. Used in artificial sweeteners in low joule foods and chewing gum and used as a clarifying agent in white wine and some beers and vinegar.
Also in personal care products like shampoo, toothpaste, paint and adhesives. Other names: povidone, PVP.
Carcinogenic. Avoid it. Light sensitive, hygroscopic. May cause damage to kidneys and stay in the system for up to a year. Can cause anaphylactic shock and also urticaria (hives). Avoid it.
Excess may cause damage to the lungs or kidneys, gas and faecal impaction.
Description: Polyvinylpolypyrrolidone is a plasticised synthetic polymer plastic made from formaldehyde - supposed to be inert and non-toxic. See below. In solution, it has excellent wetting properties and readily forms films. This makes it good as a coating or an additive to coatings.