Excipient (pharmacologically inactive substance)
Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Jan 7, 2019.
What is it?
Cetylpyridium chloride is a common pharmaceutical ingredient. Cetylpyridium chloride is a cationic quaternary ammonium compound that can be found in mouthwashes, toothpastes, lozenges, throat sprays, breath sprays, and nasal sprays It acts as an antimicrobial preservative; antiseptic; cationic surfactant; disinfectant; solubilizing agent; and wetting agent. As an active ingredient in oral antiseptics it has been noted to have a broad antimicrobial spectrum with a rapid bactericidal effect on gram-positive pathogens and a fungicide effect on yeasts.
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