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Molecule Description

Cetrimide is an antiseptic and disinfectant first aid medicine used for cleaning wounds and treating minor burns, scalds, abrasions, and even seborrheic dermatitis. It is also used to cure insect bites, sunburn and pimples. Several topical creams, solutions, gels, and sprays are composed of Cetrimide, owing to its bactericidal properties. Additionally, Cetrimide is also used to sterilize surgical and medical instruments.
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Uses of Cetrimide

  • To cleanse the wounds
  • Treatment of some skin disorders
  • To treat minor burns and to prevent infection in cuts, small bruises, chapped hands, and nappy rash

Contraindications of Cetrimide

When should one not use Cetrimide

Allergy to Cetrimide or any of its ingredients

Side effects of Cetrimide

Common side effects of this drug are:

  • Skin irritation
  • Long term use of this medicine may cause an allergy to Cetrimide

Precautions and Warnings of Cetrimide


Can I take Cetrimide during pregnancy?
Consult your doctor before using this medicine if you are pregnant or are planning to get pregnant. It may affect the unborn baby, and hence, caution is required.

Breast Feeding

Can I take Cetrimide while breastfeeding?
There is no information if Cetrimide secretes in breast milk. Consult your doctor before using the medicine while breastfeeding.


Can I drive if I have consumed Cetrimide?
No relevant information available.


Can I consume alcohol with Cetrimide?
There is no information regarding the consumption of alcohol along with Cetrimide.

Other General Warnings

Talk to your doctor if
  • Particular contents of this medicine may cause local allergic reaction
  • If you are currently taking any other medication and follow your doctor’s directions to take the medicine

Mode of Action of Cetrimide

How Does It Work?

It damages the structure of bacteria.

Interactions of Cetrimide

Interactions with other medicines

Cetrimide has no known serious interactions with any other drugs. When used along with preparations containing alcohol, Cetrimide shows enhanced bactericidal activity.

Interactions with food items

No information is available on interactions of Cetrimide when taken with food, so consult your doctor or pharmacist for further information.

Dietary Restrictions of Cetrimide

No information is available on dietary restrictions while you are taking Cetrimide, consult your doctor or pharmacist for details.

Dosage of Cetrimide


Do not increase the prescribed dosage. Excess dose may lead to significant side effects.

Missed a Dose

If you miss a usage, apply it as soon as possible. Do not use in excess amount to atone the missed application.

Content Details


Dr. Ritu Budania

MBBS, MD (Pharmacology)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


Q: Is cetrimide safe with alcohol?

A: There has been no interaction found between Cetrimide and alcohol.

Q: Is Cetrimide safe to apply on open wounds?

A: Cetrimide must only be used for external purposes. Applying to open cavities may lead to severe irritation and redness.

Q: Can you buy Cetrimide over the counter?

A: Cetrimide can be bought under various brands over the counter. They are available in oral form for consumption, in addition to the usual topical way.

Q: Is Cetrimide available in shampoo form?

A: Cetrimide shampoo is relatively renowned for treating a wide range of scalp and hair issues. It is quite effective in clearing dandruff.
Last Updated on: 05 Oct 2020 | 10:47 PM (IST)

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