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Phenoxyethanol is used as an antiseptic in combination with other drugs in creams, lotions and ointments for surgical and non-surgical disinfection. It is also used as a preservative in various cosmetics, medicines and vaccines.

How it works

Phenoxyethanol belongs to the class of medications called as antiseptic agents. It works by disrupting the outer membrane of the micro-organism (fungi or bacterium) thereby preventing the infection.

Common side effects


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Expert advice

  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding.
  • Do not take if allergic to phenoxyethanol or to any of its ingredients.

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