Benzalkonium chloride topical Uses

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What is Benzalkonium chloride topical?

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

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

Benzalkonium chloride topical 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 topical?

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

  • Benzalkonium chloride topical 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 topical 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 topical.
  • Do not brush your teeth or drink soft drinks or fruit juices for at least 1 hour after you use Benzalkonium chloride topical.
  • 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 topical, 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 topical.

Uses of Benzalkonium chloride topical 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 topical 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 topical 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 topical interactions

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

Benzalkonium chloride topical side effects

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What are the possible side effects of Benzalkonium chloride topical?

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 topical contraindications

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

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

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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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