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Chlorobutanol is used in combination with chlorhexidine digluconate as an antibacterial mouth wash in the treatment and prevention of gum infection (gingivitis), and in maintaining oral hygiene in patients who cannot brush their teeth following oral surgeries. It is also used to treat oral ulceration, oral candidal (fungal) infections, minor throat infections, and can be used as a disinfectant to clean removable dentures.

How it works

Chlorobutanol is a preservative and an antibacterial agent. It kills the bacteria and inhibits dental plaque formation and prevents infections.

Common side effects

Parotid gland swelling, Rash, Allergic reaction, Anaphylactic reaction, Shortness of breath, Facial swelling, Mouth swelling, Skin peeling of mouth, Teeth discolouration, Tongue discolouration, Burning sensation of tongue, Altered taste


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Expert advice

  • Do not swallow chlorobutanol solution as these preparations should only be used as a mouthwash.
  • Avoid contact of chlorobutanol with eyes and ears. In case there is a contact with the eyes or ears wash out promptly and thoroughly with water.
  • Discoloration of the tongue, teeth and silicate or composite restorations may occur.
  • Seek immediate medical attention if you have soreness, swelling or irritation of the mouth or any allergic reactions.
  • Do not use chlorobutanol solution with tooth pastes.

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