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Cetylpyridinium is an antiseptic and antimicrobial agent used in a variety of products, including mouthwashes, toothpastes, and throat lozenges. It is also used as an active ingredient in some over-the-counter cold and flu medications. It works by killing bacteria and other microorganisms that can cause infections.

Common side effects of cetylpyridinium include a burning sensation in the mouth, throat, or stomach; dry mouth; and a bitter taste. It may also cause nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.

Associated brand names include:
  ▸  Crest Pro-Health Advanced Mouthwash
  ▸  Listerine Total Care Anticavity Mouthwash
  ▸  Colgate Total Advanced Pro-Shield Mouthwash
  ▸  Act Total Care Anticavity Mouthwash
  ▸  Scope Outlast Mouthwash
  ▸  Biotene Dry Mouth Mouthwash
  ▸  TheraBreath Fresh Breath Oral Rinse

  • cetylpyridinium
  • anti-infective
  • antiseptic
  • dermatological
  • disinfectant
  • irrigating solution
  • quaternary ammonium
  • throat

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