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Benzalkonium Chloride

INFORMATION

Uses

Benzalkonium Chloride is used in preservation of the medicinal products.

How it works

The mode of action of benzalkonium chloride appears to be associated with the effect on the cytoplasmic membrane, which controls cell permeability.

Common side effects

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

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Expert advice

• Avoid contact with eyes, mouth or nose and rinse immediately with plenty of cool tap water in case of accidental contact.
• Never use benzalkonium chloride solution on blistered/ cut skin.
• Consult your doctor before using benzalkonium chloride solution in children younger than 2 years.
• Inform your doctor if symptoms do not disappear after 7 days of use. 
• Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding.
• Should not be given to patients who are allergic to benzalkonium chloride or any of its ingredients.
• Should not be given to patients who have a deep puncture wound, animal bite or serious burns.

Frequently asked questions

Benzalkonium Chloride

Q.Is benzalkonium chloride the same as rubbing alcohol?
No. Benzalkonium chloride is not as same as rubbing alcohol

Q.Is benzalkonium chloride antifungal?
Yes, benzalkonium chloride is known to be antifungal to some extent

Q.Does benzalkonium chloride kill viruses?
No. Benzalkonium does not kill viruses

Q.Is benzalkonium chloride bleach?
No. Benzalkonium chloride is not bleach

Q.Does benzalkonium chloride kill MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus)/ staph (Staphylococcus Aureus)?
Yes, higher concentrations of benzalkonium chloride can kill MRSA / staph present on the skin

Q.Does benzalkonium chloride work for cold sores?
Yes. Benzalkonium chloride is effective for treatment of cold sores.


Content on this page was last updated on 30 September, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)