Benzalkonium Chloride Uses

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What is Benzalkonium Chloride?

Treating cold sores and fever blisters. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Benzalkonium Chloride liquid is a topical antiseptic. It works by killing sensitive germs.

Benzalkonium Chloride indications

infoAn indication is a term used for the list of condition or symptom or illness for which the medicine is prescribed or used by the patient. For example, acetaminophen or paracetamol is used for fever by the patient, or the doctor prescribes it for a headache or body pains. Now fever, headache and body pains are the indications of paracetamol. A patient should be aware of the indications of medications used for common conditions because they can be taken over the counter in the pharmacy meaning without prescription by the Physician.
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Topical/Cutaneous

As antiseptic and disinfectant

Adult: As soln: Cleansing of skin, mucous membrane and wounds: 0.01-0.1%. Irrigation of deep wounds: 0.005%. Irrigation of bladder and urethra: 0.005-0.02%. Retention lavage of the bladder: 0.0025-0.005%. Disinfection and storage of surgical instruments: 0.13%; may be used w/ Na nitrite to avoid corrosion. As preservative: 0.01%-0.02% (ophth preparation); 0.002-0.2% (nasal and otic preparation). As shampoo: Seborrhoeic dermatitis: 0.2-0.5%. As cream: Napkin rash and other dermatoses: 0.13%. As vaginal douche: 0.02-0.05%. Refer to product information for specific directions for use.

How should I use Benzalkonium Chloride?

Use Benzalkonium Chloride liquid as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Benzalkonium Chloride liquid is for external use only. Do not get it in your eyes or nose.
  • Wash the affected area with warm water and a washcloth to remove any cosmetics (eg, lipstick), lotions, ointments, or other lip preparations.
  • Prepare Benzalkonium Chloride liquid for use according to the directions on the label.
  • Apply the medicine by rubbing the affected area firmly with the applicator tip. Be careful not to damage the skin. Throw the applicator away after use.
  • Wash your hands immediately after using Benzalkonium Chloride liquid.
  • Do not brush your teeth or drink soft drinks or fruit juices for at least 1 hour after you use Benzalkonium Chloride liquid.
  • If your symptoms get better but return later, you may use another dose. Do not use more than 3 times per day.
  • If you miss a dose of Benzalkonium Chloride liquid, use it as soon as you remember. Continue to use it as directed by your doctor or on the package label.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Benzalkonium Chloride liquid.

Uses of Benzalkonium Chloride in details

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.
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Bladder irrigation, ear, eye, nose and throat irrigation, gingivitis, perodontal diseases, preoperative disinfection of unbroken skin, stomatitis, thrush, tonsillitis, urethral irrigation.

Benzalkonium Chloride description

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 Chloride dosage

Topical/Cutaneous

As antiseptic and disinfectant

Adult: As soln: Cleansing of skin, mucous membrane and wounds: 0.01-0.1%. Irrigation of deep wounds: 0.005%. Irrigation of bladder and urethra: 0.005-0.02%. Retention lavage of the bladder: 0.0025-0.005%. Disinfection and storage of surgical instruments: 0.13%; may be used w/ Na nitrite to avoid corrosion. As preservative: 0.01%-0.02% (ophth preparation); 0.002-0.2% (nasal and otic preparation). As shampoo: Seborrhoeic dermatitis: 0.2-0.5%. As cream: Napkin rash and other dermatoses: 0.13%. As vaginal douche: 0.02-0.05%. Refer to product information for specific directions for use.

Benzalkonium Chloride interactions

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Increased risk of corneal toxicity when used as preservative in anaesthetic eye drops.

Benzalkonium Chloride side effects

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What are the possible side effects of Benzalkonium Chloride?

Paralysis of respiratory muscle, Allergic contact dermatitis, Apprehension, Collapse, Coma, Convulsion, Cyanosis (bluish discoloration of the skin), Death, Shortness of breath, Muscle weakness, Restlessness, Vomiting

Benzalkonium Chloride contraindications

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

Use in occlusive dressings, casts and anal or vaginal packs.

Active ingredient matches for Benzalkonium Chloride:

Benzalkonium Chloride


List of Benzalkonium Chloride substitutes (brand and generic names)

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Unit description / dosage (Manufacturer)Price, USD
BENZYL SEPTOL ACTIVE 3% SYRUP 1 bottle / 100 ML syrup each (Meridian Enterprises Pvt Ltd)$ 0.52
BENZYL SEPTOL ACTIVE 3% SYRUP 1 bottle / 5 syrups each (Meridian Enterprises Pvt Ltd)$ 6.30
C Cel Eye 10 ml Drop (PRG Pharma Pvt. Ltd.)$ 0.87
Cinzy HC Eye 10 ml Drop (Zee Laboratories Ltd)$ 0.32
Dettol Multi-Use Hygiene 8% w/v Liquid (Reckitt Benckiser)$ 2.38
Genticyn B E/E 5 ml Drop (Nicholas Piramal India Ltd.)$ 0.16
Genticyn B E/E Allergan Drop (Nicholas Piramal India Ltd.)$ 0.03
GENTICYN B EYE DROPS 1 packet / 5 ML eye drop each (Nicholas Piramal India Ltd.)$ 0.16
3ml$ 0.11
5ml$ 0.15
Homacid Eye Drop (Entod Pharmaceuticals Ltd)$ 0.14
HOMACID 2% W/V EYE DROP 1 packet / 5 ML eye drop each (Entod Pharmaceuticals Ltd)$ 0.48
Homacid 2% w/v Eye Drop (Entod Pharmaceuticals Ltd)$ 0.48
Iteol H 4.5% Solution (Astra Zeneca)$ 3.46
Ketromox 5 ml Drop (Syntho Pharmaceuticals Pvt Ltd.)$ 0.28
LIFE OK EYE DROP 1 packet / 5 ML eye drop each (Optica Pharmaceuticals Pvt Ltd)$ 1.11
Minair-Kid Xylometazoline hydrochloride0.05 %, benzalkonium chloride0.05 %. N-DPS / 10ml (Minova)$ 0.63
MINAIR-KID nasal drops 10ml (Minova)$ 0.63
Nitofresh Choline salicylate 8.7 % w/w, lignocaine hydrochloride 2 %w/w, benzalkonium chloride0.01 % w/w. D-GEL / 15g (Intra (Intra Life))$ 0.48
NITOFRESH dental gel 15g (Intra (Intra Life))$ 0.48
Noreen 5 ml Drop (Oyster Labs Limited)$ 0.20
Noreen 400 mg Tablet (Oyster Labs Limited)$ 0.05
Sac Eye 5 ml Drop (Oyster Labs Limited)$ 0.11
Sac 500 mg Capsule (Oyster Labs Limited)$ 0.07
Sac 125 mg Sachet (Oyster Labs Limited)$ 0.33
Sac 250 mg Capsule (Oyster Labs Limited)$ 0.03
SAC cap 500 mg x 10's (Oyster Labs Limited)
Timide Plus Tropicamide 0.8 % w/v, phenylephrine 5 % w/v, benzalkonium chloride 0.01 %w/v. EYE-DPS / 5ml$ 0.63
Timzy Timolol 0.5 %, benzalkoniumchloride 0.02 %. EYE-DPS / 5ml (Zodley)$ 0.78
TIMZY eye drops 0.5 % x 5ml (Zodley)$ 0.78
Zytee-RB Gel Choline salicylate 9 % w/v, benzalkonium chloride 0.02 %w/v. D-GEL / 10ml (Raptakos)$ 0.92
Zytee-RB Gel Choline salicylate 9 %, Benzalkonium chloride 0.2 % GEL / 10ml (Raptakos)$ 0.92
ZYTEE-RB GEL dental gel 10ml (Raptakos)$ 0.92

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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