Benzethonium Chloride

Description

Benzethonium Chloride has surfactant, antiseptic and anti-infective properties. It is generally used in personal care products such as rash creams, lotions, cleansers, makeup, foot odor powders, mouthwashes, etc. and acts as a preservative in these formulations. It may also be used to prevent infections in minor cuts, scrapes, etc. in certain specific conditions.

Side effects

Major & minor side effects for Benzethonium Chloride

  • Dry skin
  • Redness of skin

Uses of Benzethonium Chloride

What is it prescribed for?

  • Hand Wash
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Concerns

Commonly asked questions

  • Onset of action
    The amount of time required by this medicine to show its action is not clinically established.
  • Duration of effect
    The amount of time for which this medicine remains active in the body is not clinically established.
  • Safe with alcohol?
    Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
  • Is it habit forming?
    No habit-forming tendencies were reported.
  • Usage in pregnancy?
    The topical forms of this medicine are considered safe for use in pregnant women.
  • Usage while breast-feeding?
    The topical forms of this medicine are considered safe for use in breastfeeding women. Care should be taken such that the infant does not swallow this medicine.

Allergy

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients with a known allergy to benzethonium chloride or any other inactive ingredients present in the formulation.
Warnings for special population

Pregnancy

The topical forms of this medicine are considered safe for use in pregnant women.

Breast-feeding

The topical forms of this medicine are considered safe for use in breastfeeding women. Care should be taken such that the infant does not swallow this medicine.
General warnings

Irritation and Redness

If you develop skin redness and irritation after using this medicine, discontinue its use immediately. If the symptoms persist for more than 72 hours, consult your doctor for further treatment.

External use

The topical forms of this medicine are meant for external use only. Avoid contact with the eyes. In the case of an accidental eye contact, thoroughly wash your eyes with water.

Missed Dose

This medicine is used on an as-needed basis.

Overdose

An overdose of this medicine is not likely to cause severe symptoms. However, swallowing this medicine may cause harm and immediate medical intervention may be required.
All drugs interact differently for person to person. You should check all the possible interactions with your doctor before starting any medicine.
Interaction with Alcohol

Description

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.

Instructions

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
Interaction with Medicine
Disease interactions

Disease

Information not available.
Food interactions
Information not available.
Lab interactions
Information not available.
Apply a small amount of this medicine onto the hands and lather it thoroughly. Wash the hands, rinse thoroughly and then dry the hands. Use a small amount, enough to wet the hands. If symptoms like skin irritation or skin redness occur, discontinue the use of this medicine. If symptoms persist for more than 72 hours, consult your doctor for treatment.
Miscelleneous

Usage does not depend on food timings

To be taken as instructed by doctor

Does not cause sleepiness

How it works
This medicine kills micro-organisms such as bacteria, viruses, fungi, etc. as well as inhibits their future growth.
Legal Status

Approved

Approved

Approved

Approved

Classification

Category

Antiseptic and germicides

Schedule

OTC

Benzethonium - DrugBank [Internet]. Drugbank.ca. 2018 [cited 3 October 2018]. Available from:

https://www.drugbank.ca/drugs/DB11125

Benzethonium chloride [Internet]. Pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov. 2018 [cited 3 October 2018]. Available from:

https://pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/compound/benzethonium_chloride#section=Top

DailyMed - Benzethonium chloride liquid [Internet]. Dailymed.nlm.nih.gov. 2018 [cited 3 October 2018]. Available from:

https://dailymed.nlm.nih.gov/dailymed/drugInfo.cfm?setid=58892abf-e0b9-83d9-e053-2a91aa0ad035

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Information on this page was last updated on 4 Oct 2018

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