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Benzalkonium chloride

Generic Name: Benzalkonium Chloride (BEN zal KOE nee um klor ide)
Brand Name: Antimicrobial Cleanser, CureChrome, HandClens 2 in 1, Merthiolate, Neosporin Wound Cleanser
Easy-to-read patient leaflet for Benzalkonium Chloride. Includes indications, proper use, special instructions, precautions, and possible side effects.
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Drug Information:
This medicine may interact with other drugs or health problems. Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take benzalkonium chloRide with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor. Use benzalkonium chloRide as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely. Learn more

Benzalkonium chloride Side Effects

Benzalkonium chloride topical Side Effects

Applies to benzalkonium chloride topical: external liquid, external solution

What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?

WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:

  • Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
  • Signs or symptoms of infection.
  • Swelling.
  • Redness.
  • Very bad skin irritation.

What are some other side effects of this drug?

All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if you have any side effects that bother you or do not go away.

These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.

You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

Some side effects may not be reported. You may report them to the FDA.

More about benzalkonium chloride topical

  • Breastfeeding
  • Drug Interactions
  • 1 Review
  • Drug class: antiseptic and germicides
  • FDA Alerts (3)

Consumer resources

  • Benzalkonium Chloride

Other brands: CureChrome, Merthiolate, HandClens 2 in 1, Neosporin Wound Cleanser

Professional resources

Related treatment guides

  • Topical Disinfection

Editorial References and Review

Medically reviewed by USARx EDITORIAL TEAM Last updated on 1/1/2020.

Source: Drugs.com Benzalkonium Chloride (www.drugs.com/cdi/benzalkonium-chloride.html).