Generic Medicine Info
Indications and Dosage
Adult: As cetrimide 0.5% or 1% cream, or 1% or 2% lotion: Apply liberally to the affected area(s) as required. As cetrimide 0.5% spray solution: Spray to the affected area(s) 2-3 times daily.
Incompatible with anionic surfactants, soaps, bentonite, iodine, phenylmercuric nitrate, alkali hydroxides.
Adverse Reactions
Significant: Hypersensitivity (prolonged and repeated use).
Skin and subcutaneous tissue disorders: Localised contact dermatitis; skin irritation, sensitisation, or dryness.
Patient Counseling Information
Avoid application on weeping or badly inflamed skin.
Description: Cetrimide is a quaternary ammonium antiseptic with bactericidal action against gram positive and some gram negative (at higher concentrations) organisms, but ineffective against bacterial spore. It has variable antifungal activity and effective against some viruses.
Chemical Structure

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Source: National Center for Biotechnology Information. PubChem Database. Cetrimide, CID=14250, https://pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/compound/Cetrimide (accessed on Jan. 21, 2020)

Store below 30°C. Protect from light, heat and moisture.
MIMS Class
Skin Antiseptics & Disinfectants
ATC Classification
D08AJ04 - cetrimide ; Belongs to the class of quaternary ammonium compound antiseptics. Used in the treatment of dermatological diseases.
D11AC01 - cetrimide ; Belongs to the class of medicated shampoos.
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