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Cetalkonium Chloride



Cetalkonium chloride is used in combination with choline salicylate, to reduce pain, swelling and discomfort associated with common mouth ulcer and cold sores, and sore spots and ulcers caused due to dentures and braces. It is also used in combination with lidocaine hydrochloride to relieve pain and discomfort associated with infant teething.

How it works

Cetalkonium chloride belongs to the class of drugs known as anti-infective agents. It acts by killing harmful microorganisms thereby preventing the infection.

Common side effects

Asthma, Nausea, Vomiting


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Expert advice

• Do not use cetalkonium chloride in combination with lidocaine hydrochloride in infants < 2 months of age and in combination with choline salicylate in children and adolescents < 16 years.
• Do not apply the gel directly on the dentures.
• Do not exceed the mentioned dose as it may lead to salicylate toxicity. 
• Exercise caution if you are a patient with liver or heart dysfunction.
• Inform your doctor/dentist if symptoms do not disappear after 7 days of use. 
• Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding.
• Should not be given to patients who are allergic to cetalkonium chloride or any of its ingredients.
• Should not be given to patients suffering from stomach ulcer, gout and children and adolescents < 16 years if used in combination with choline salicylate.

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