Cetrimide is an antiseptic which is a mixture of different quaternary ammonium salts including Cetrimonium bromide (CTAB). It was first discovered and developed by ICI and introduced under the brand name Cetavlon. It is used as a 1-3 % solution for cleaning road side accident wounds. Another antiseptic Chlorhexidine was also discovered and first developed by ICI. 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.
Cetrimide can also be used as an alcohol denaturant to make it difficult to drink denatured alcohol. Presumably, it has negative effects upon the digestive system or tastes bad.
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