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  • Compounds
  • Cetrimide: Mixture of
  • C12: Dodecyltrimethylammonium bromide
  • C14: Tetradecyltrimethylammonium bromide
  • C16: Hexadecyltrimethylammonium bromide
ECHA InfoCard 100.118.908 Edit this at Wikidata
EC Number
  • Cetrimide: 617-073-5
Except where otherwise noted, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C [77 °F], 100 kPa).

Cetrimide, or alkyltrimethylammonium bromide, is an antiseptic which is a mixture of three quaternary ammonium compounds: tetradonium bromide (TTAB or MITMAB), cetrimonium bromide (CTAB), and laurtrimonium bromide (DTAB or LTAB).[1] It was first discovered and developed by ICI and introduced under the brand name Cetavlon.[2] It is used as a 1-3 % solution for cleaning roadside accident wounds.[3] ICI also introduced Savlon, which was a combination of cetrimide and chlorhexidine. ICI later sold the Savlon brand OTC to Johnson & Johnson in May 1992.[4] Cetrimide is used in various applications such as antiseptic agents, diagnostic test and analysis, topical formulations, and dental treatment.[5]


  1. ^ Council of Europe (2007). European Pharmacopoeia (Ph. Eur.) (6.0 ed.). Strasbourg: The Stationery Office. pp. 1484–5. ISBN 978-92-871-6054-6. OCLC 170932841.
  2. ^ "Newspaper Article - Page 11 Advertisements Column 1". Archived from the original on 2013-10-05. Retrieved 2013-08-15.
  3. ^ Tripathi, KD. Essentials of Medical Pharmacology (7th ed.). p. 900.
  4. ^ "JOHNSON & JOHNSON ACQUIRES SAVLON OTC BRANDS FROM ICI - Free Online Library". Archived from the original on 2013-10-05.
  5. ^ "Cetrimide Applications". 22 October 2021. Archived from the original on 2019-04-05.