Benzalkonium Uses

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What is Benzalkonium?

Miconazole topical is an antifungal medication. Miconazole topical prevents fungus from growing on your skin.

Miconazole topical (for the skin) is used to treat skin infections such as athlete's foot, jock itch, ringworm, tinea versicolor (a fungus that discolors the skin), and yeast infections of the skin.

Miconazole topical may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

Benzalkonium indications

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Treating minor cuts, scrapes, and burns.

Benzalkonium Chloride Solution is a topical antiseptic. It works by preventing infection.

How should I use Benzalkonium?

infoThere are specific as well as general uses of a drug or medicine. A medicine can be used to prevent a disease, treat a disease over a period or cure a disease. It can also be used to treat the particular symptom of the disease. The drug use depends on the form the patient takes it. It may be more useful in injection form or sometimes in tablet form. The drug can be used for a single troubling symptom or a life-threatening condition. While some medications can be stopped after few days, some drugs need to be continued for prolonged period to get the benefit from it.

Use exactly as directed on the label, or as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.

Do not take by mouth. Miconazole topical is for use only on the skin. Do not use this medicine on open wounds.

Miconazole topical is not for use in the vagina or rectum.

Wash your hands before and after using this medication, unless you are treating a skin condition on your hands.

Clean and dry the affected area. Apply the cream, lotion, spray, or powder once or twice daily as directed for 2 to 4 weeks.

Do not cover the treated skin area unless your doctor tells you to. A light cotton-gauze dressing may be used to protect clothing.

Use this medication for the full prescribed length of time. Your symptoms may improve before the infection is completely cleared. Skipping doses may also increase your risk of further infection that is resistant to antifungal medicine.

Call your doctor if the infection does not clear up in 2 weeks (or 4 weeks for athlete's foot), or if it appears to get worse.

Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Keep the tube tightly closed when not in use.

Benzalkonium description

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A histamine H1 antagonist used as an antiemetic, antitussive, for dermatoses and pruritus, for hypersensitivity reactions, as a hypnotic, an antiparkinson, and as an ingredient in common cold preparations. It has some undesired antimuscarinic and sedative effects.

Benzalkonium dosage

Topically. The solution was diluted with distilled water to make 1% aqueous solution, impregnated gauze dressings, napkins or tampons and put on the wound daily.

Mass is applied at the rate of 0.2-0.4 g/cm2 of wound surface, pre-clean the wound from the purulent discharge, necrotic tissue, or impose gauze or use turundas impregnated with drugs. The maximum daily dose is 50 g. Ligation is carried out daily, the course of treatment is 14 days.

Intravaginally (for contraception). Benzalkonium chloride entered deeply into the vagina before coition; in case of repeated sexual intercourse it should be re-imposition of tablets, capsules, suppositories, creams; tampon can be removed not earlier than 3 h after the last sexual intercourse but no later than 24 hours after its installation (with repeated sexual acts for 1 day shift tampon is not required).

Concentrate Liquid. Benzalkonium chloride used for disinfection after prior dilution with water.

Benzalkonium interactions

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Any substance introduced intravaginally can reduce local spermicidal action (including soaps and solutions containing it). Iodine solutions inactivate Benzalkonium.

Benzalkonium side effects

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What are the possible side effects of Benzalkonium?

Like all medicines, Benzalkonium Benzalkonium can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.

Contact with the mucous membranes (eyes) may give rise to stinging and burning sensations.

Frequent or prolonged use may cause progressive sensitisation of the skin.

If any of the side effects gets serious, or if you notice any side effects not listed in this leaflet, please tell your

doctor or pharmacist.

Benzalkonium contraindications

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What is the most important information I should know about Benzalkonium?

Do not use Benzalkonium Benzalkonium:

If you are sensitive to the active ingredient or any other quaternary ammonium derivatives.

When there is an allergic reaction: skin rash, spots on the skin or irritation.

Together with soap or hard water.

On mucous membranes (especially the eyes).

Together with a covering plaster.

Active ingredient matches for Benzalkonium:

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List of Benzalkonium substitutes (brand and generic names)

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References

  1. PubChem. "Benzalkonium". https://pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sub... (accessed September 17, 2018).
  2. DrugBank. "Benzalkonium - DrugBank". http://www.drugbank.ca/drugs/DB11105 (accessed September 17, 2018).

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