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Benzalkonium chloride solution

Generic Name: benzalkonium chloride (ben-zal-KOE-nee-um)
Brand Name: CureChrome

Benzalkonium chloride solution is used for:

Treating minor cuts, scrapes, and burns.

Benzalkonium chloride solution is a topical antiseptic. It works by preventing infection.

Do NOT use benzalkonium chloride solution if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in benzalkonium chloride solution
  • you have a deep puncture wound, animal bite, or serious burn

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

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Before using benzalkonium chloride solution:

Some medical conditions may interact with benzalkonium chloride solution. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with benzalkonium chloride solution. However, no specific interactions are known at this time.

Ask your health care provider if benzalkonium chloride solution may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use benzalkonium chloride solution:

Use benzalkonium chloride solution as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Benzalkonium chloride solution is for external use only. Do not use in or near the eyes or apply to large parts of the body.
  • Wash your hands before and after using benzalkonium chloride solution, unless your hands are part of the treated area.
  • Clean the affected area before applying benzalkonium chloride solution.
  • Apply a small amount of benzalkonium chloride solution to the affected area up to 3 times daily, or as directed by your doctor.
  • Do not apply benzalkonium chloride solution to blistered skin.
  • You may use a sterile bandage to cover the treated area. Allow the treated area to dry first.
  • If you miss a dose of benzalkonium chloride solution, use it as soon as you remember. Continue to use it as directed by your doctor or on the package label.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use benzalkonium chloride solution.

Important safety information:

  • Benzalkonium chloride solution is for external use only. Do not get it in your eyes, nose, or mouth. If you get it in your eyes, rinse right away with cool tap water.
  • If you use topical products too often, your condition may become worse.
  • Do NOT use more than the recommended dose or use for longer than 1 week without checking with your doctor.
  • Check with your doctor before using benzalkonium chloride solution in CHILDREN younger than 2 years old; safety and effectiveness in these children have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using benzalkonium chloride solution while you are pregnant. It is not known if benzalkonium chloride solution is found in breast milk after topical use. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use benzalkonium chloride solution, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of benzalkonium chloride solution:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Minor irritation at the application site.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); infection; severe or persistent irritation, redness, pain, or swelling.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately.

Proper storage of benzalkonium chloride solution:

Store benzalkonium chloride solution at room temperature, between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C). Do not freeze. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep benzalkonium chloride solution out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about benzalkonium chloride solution, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Benzalkonium chloride solution is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take benzalkonium chloride solution or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about benzalkonium chloride solution. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to benzalkonium chloride solution. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using benzalkonium chloride solution.

Issue Date: September 3, 2014
Database Edition 14.3.1.003
Copyright © 2014 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

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