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Cepacol (// SEE-pə-kol), styled Cēpacol, is a brand of personal hygiene products and products for relief of sore throat. It is distributed in the US by Reckitt Benckiser. The brand was originally owned by J.B. Williams, which was acquired by Combe Incorporated. Combe Incorporated sold its itch care business, as well as Cepacol, to Reckitt Benckiser in 2011. As with many multinational brands, naming will be different depending on the continent the product is sold in.
They were originally recognized for their yellow mouthwash, the active ingredient of which is Ceepryn (cetylpyridinium chloride), hence the name. The distinctive flavor and color is known as "Original Gold". Cēpacol claims that their mouthwash is the most-used brand in hospitals.
Cēpacol also makes oral anesthetics, such as its cherry flavored throat spray and soother that provides temporary pain relief for an "itchy" or sore throat. Cēpacol has released different health and hygiene products including throat lozenges. The major active ingredients of the sugar-free lozenges are cetylpyridinium chloride, benzocaine (which produces the numbing sensation), and menthol. The major active ingredient in the sore throat sprays is dyclonine hydrochloride.
The Cēpacol brand exists outside of the U.S as Strepsils. In Australia, Cēpacol lozenges contain cetylpyridinium chloride and benzyl alcohol, Cepacaine lozenges contains lignocaine and cetylpyridinium chloride, and Cepacaine mouthwash contains benzocaine and cetylpyridinium chloride. The brand is owned by Bayer, having been sold by Merrel Dow to Roche, who then divested their Australian and New Zealand over-the-counter drug business to Bayer.
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