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    Information about Cetrimide

    Cetrimide uses

    Cetrimide is used to prevent infections.

    How cetrimide works

    Cetrimide is an antiseptic which treats infection in the affected area and relieves irritation.

    Common side effects of cetrimide

    Skin irritation
    Content Details
    Written By
    Dr. Anuj Saini
    Reviewed By
    Dr. Shilpa Garcha
    MD (Pharmacology), MBBS
    Last updated on:
    08 Jul 2019 | 02:57 PM (IST)
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    Expert advice for Cetrimide

    • Do not use cetrimide for a long period and repeatedly as it may cause allergic reactions.
    • Cetrimide is for topical use only. Avoid contact with mucous membrane such mouth, nose, ears, anus, or vagina.
    • Seek immediate medical attention if you develop severe allergic reactions.
    • Consult your doctor if your condition does not improve or worsens after cetrimide application.
    • Tell your doctor if you are or planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding.

    Frequently asked questions for Cetrimide


    Q. Is Cetrimide a preservative?

    Cetrimide is a quaternary ammonium preservative used to limit bacterial growth

    Q. Is Cetrimide toxic?

    Cetrimide is toxic to bacteria. Local application is non-toxic to humans. However, overdose or accidental oral intake may cause gastrointestinal irritation

    Q. Is Cetrimide agar selective?

    Cetrimide agar is a type of agar which allows selective isolation of pseudomonas aeruginosa

    Q. What is Cetrimide cream/ solution?

    Cetrimide cream is a cream for topical application for prevention of infection of cuts, grazes, insect bite, minor burns, wounds and scalds)

    Q. How does Cetrimide kill bacteria?

    Cetrimide is a quaternary ammonium disinfectant having bactericidal activity against both gram-positive and gram-negative organisms.

    Content on this page was last updated on 08 July, 2019, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)