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Metacresol (International)

Note: In some countries, this medicine may only be approved for veterinary use.


Ph. Eur.

CAS registry number (Chemical Abstracts Service)


Chemical Formula


Molecular Weight


Therapeutic Categories

Obsolete substance

Pharmaceutic aid: Preservative

Antiseptic agent, topical

Chemical Names

3-Hydroxytoluene (USP)

3-Metylphenol (Ph. Eur., BP, USP)

Foreign Names

  • Metacresolum (Latin)
  • Metacresol (German)
  • Métacrésol (French)

Generic Names

  • Metacresol (OS: BAN)
  • CCRIS 645 (IS)
  • NSC 8768 (IS)
  • Metacresol (PH: BP 2016, Ph. Eur. 9, USP 41)
  • Metacresolum (PH: Ph. Eur. 9)

Brand Names

  • Cresotyl [+ Tyrothricin, + Benzocaine]
    Lasca, Paraguay
  • Cresotyl [+ Tyrothricin, + Metacresol]
    Lasca, Paraguay
  • Healagen Astringent/Antiseptic [veterinary use]
    Riverside Veterinary Product, Australia
  • Healagen Concentrate [veterinary use]
    Riverside Veterinary Product, Australia
  • KelatoGEN [+ Formaldehyde] [veterinary use]
    Kelato Animal Health, Australia


BANBritish Approved Name
ISInofficial Synonym
OSOfficial Synonym
PHPharmacopoeia Name
Ph. Eur.European Pharmacopoeia
USPPharmacopoeia of the United States

Further information on drug naming conventions: International Nonproprietary Names.

Important Notice: The international database is in BETA release. This means it is still under development and may contain inaccuracies. It is not intended as a substitute for the expertise and judgement of your physician, pharmacist or other healthcare professional. It should not be construed to indicate that the use of any medication in any country is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Consult with your healthcare professional before taking any medication.

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