Octenidine dihydrochloride

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Octenidine dihydrochloride[1]
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CAS number 70775-75-6
ChemSpider 46370
EC number 274-861-8
ChEBI CHEBI:478961
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Molecular formula C36H64Cl2N4
Molar mass 623.83 g mol−1
Except where noted otherwise, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C (77 °F), 100 kPa)
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Octenidine dihydrochloride is a cationic surfactant and bis-(dihydropyridinyl)-decane derivative, used in concentrations of 0.1–2.0%. It is similar in its action to the quaternary ammonium compounds (quats), but is of somewhat broader spectrum of activity. Octenidine is currently increasingly used in continental Europe as a substitute for quats or chlorhexidine (with respect to its slow action and concerns about the carcinogenic impurity 4-chloroaniline) in water- or alcohol-based skin, mucosa and wound antiseptics. In aqueous formulations, it is often potentiated with addition of 2-phenoxyethanol.


  1. ^ 274-861-8, European Chemical Substances Information System