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Chlorbutol Topical



Chlorbutol topical is used in combination with other drugs in different formulations to treat mild pain caused by minor skin cuts, scratches, grazes (chapping) and soreness caused by detergents, soaps, deodorants, jewellery, bites and stings; to inhibit dental plaque formation, as an aid in the treatment/prevention of irritation, redness, and swelling of gums (gingivitis) and in maintaining oral hygiene; to treat fungal infections and as an adjuvant treatment for minor infections of the throat; to help in softening and removing the hard earwax plugging which hinders the hearing. It is also used for the treatment of ear inflammation and pain and to treat eye infections. It is also used preservative in different formulations.

How it works

Chlorbutol belongs to the class of medications called as antiseptics, anesthetics, anti-irritants, and emollient agents. It works as a local anesthetic by providing quick relief from pain and has known antibacterial and antifungal properties.

Common side effects

Application site burning, Skin reaction, Erythema


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Expert advice

  • Do not use the cream for more than 7 days and avoid contact with eyes. In case of accidental contact, wash immediately and contact your doctor if irritation persists.
  • Do not swallow the mouthwash or use along with toothpaste. Avoid usage on eyes and ears.
  • Inform your doctor about your medical history of hearing problems before using chlorbutol ear drops.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding.
  • Do not use if you are allergic to chlorbutol or any of its ingredients. 
  • Do not use mouthwash in infants and children <6 years. 

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