Benzalkonium Chloride/Menthol/Petrolatum Topical

Reviewed on 8/27/2021

What Is Benzalkonium Chloride/Menthol/Petrolatum Topical and How Does It Work?

Benzalkonium chloride/menthol/petrolatum topical is an over-the-counter (OTC) product used for the temporary relief of pain and itching associated with fever blisters and cold sores; as first aid to protect against skin infection in minor cuts, scrapes and burns; and to help prevent, temporarily protect, and relieve chapped lips.

Benzalkonium chloride/menthol/petrolatum topical is available under the following different brand names: Herpetrol.

What Are the Dosages of Benzalkonium Chloride/Menthol/Petrolatum Topical?

Dosages of Benzalkonium Chloride/Menthol/Petrolatum Topical:

Dosage Forms and Strengths

Topical Gel

  • 0.13%/1%/97%

Dosage Considerations – Should be Given as Follows:

Cold Sores or Fever Blisters

  • For the temporary relief of pain and itching associated with fever blisters and cold sores
  • Apply topically to affected three to four times daily

Cuts, Scrapes, and Burns

  • First aid to protect against skin infection in minor cuts, scrapes and burns
  • Apply topically to affected three to four times daily

Chapped Lips

  • Helps prevent, temporarily protects and helps relieve chapped or cracked lips
  • Apply topically to affected three to four times daily

Administration

Massage gently until gel absorbed into the skin

Children under 18 years: Safety and efficacy not established

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What Are Side Effects Associated with Using Benzalkonium Chloride/Menthol/Petrolatum Topical?

Benzalkonium chloride/menthol/petrolatum topical has no listed side effects.

This document does not contain all possible side effects and others may occur. Check with your physician for additional information about side effects.

What Other Drugs Interact with Benzalkonium Chloride/Menthol/Petrolatum Topical?

If your doctor has directed you to use this medication, your doctor or pharmacist may already be aware of any possible drug interactions and may be monitoring you for them. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with your doctor, health care provider or pharmacist first.

  • Benzalkonium chloride/menthol/petrolatum topical has no listed severe interactions with other drugs.
  • Benzalkonium chloride/menthol/petrolatum topical has no listed serious interactions with other drugs.
  • Benzalkonium chloride/menthol/petrolatum topical has no listed moderate interactions with other drugs.
  • Benzalkonium chloride/menthol/petrolatum topical has no listed mild interactions with other drugs.

This document does not contain all possible interactions. Therefore, before using this product, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all the products you use. Keep a list of all your medications with you, and share the list with your doctor and pharmacist. Check with your physician if you have health questions or concerns.

What Are Warnings and Precautions for Benzalkonium Chloride/Menthol/Petrolatum Topical?

Warnings

  • This medication contains benzalkonium chloride/menthol/petrolatum topical. Do not take Herpetrol if you are allergic to benzalkonium chloride/menthol/petrolatum topical or any ingredients contained in this drug.
  • Keep out of reach of children. In case of overdose, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center immediately.

Contraindications

  • None

Effects of Drug Abuse

  • No information is available

Short-Term Effects

  • See "What Are Side Effects Associated with Using Benzalkonium Chloride/Menthol/Petrolatum Topical?”

Long-Term Effects

  • See "What Are Side Effects Associated with Using Benzalkonium Chloride/Menthol/Petrolatum Topical?”

Cautions

  • For external use only
  • Do not use in eyes or over large parts of body or puncture wounds

Pregnancy and Lactation

  • Use benzalkonium chloride/menthol/petrolatum topical with caution during pregnancy if benefits outweigh risks. Animal studies show risk and human studies are not available or neither animal nor human studies were done.
  • It is unknown whether benzalkonium chloride/menthol/petrolatum topical is distributed in breast milk.
  • Pregnant or breastfeeding patients should seek the advice of a health professional before using over-the-counter (OTC) drugs.
References
https://reference.medscape.com/drug/herpetrol-benzalkonium-chloride-menthol-petrolatum-topical-999796

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