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Trade namesBactidol, others
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  • Not to be used by pregnant women
Routes of
Topical (mouthwash)
ATC code
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  • 1,3-bis(2-ethylhexyl)-5-methylhexahydropyrimidin-5-amine
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Molar mass339.612 g·mol−1
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  • InChI=1S/C22H46N2/c1-7-11-13-20(9-3)15-23-17-22(5,6)18-24(19-23)16-21(10-4)14-12-8-2/h20-21H,7-19H2,1-6H3 ☒N
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Hexetidine is an anti-bacterial and anti-fungal agent commonly used in both veterinary and human medicine. It is a local anesthetic, astringent and deodorant and has antiplaque effects.[1]

Hexetidine is the medicinal ingredient in Sterisol, which is labelled for the symptomatic treatment of: streptococcal pharyngitis ('strep throat'), tonsillitis, pharyngitis, laryngitis, gingivitis, ulcerative stomatitis, oral thrush and Vincent's angina; postoperative hygiene following tonsillectomy, throat or oral surgery.

In the UK, hexetidine is the active ingredient in the medicated mouthwash branded Oraldene. In Canada, hexetidine was the active ingredient in the medicated mouthwash branded Steri/sol which has been discontinued. It used to be produced by McNeil Consumer Healthcare, a division of Johnson & Johnson (originally Warner–Lambert, then marketed by Pfizer after its acquisition since 2007). Oraldene contains 0.1 g/100 ml of hexetidine. In some European countries, the gargle solution and mouth spray in bottles of 40 ml named Hexoral (by Mcneil) also contains 0.2% hexetidine as its active compound. In Greece it is called Hexalen mouth wash[2] (also available in spray). Hexetidine can also be found in the mouthwash Bactidol (by Mcneil) which is sold in many Asian countries. In Germany, hexetidine vaginal suppositories branded Vagi-Hex are available to be used for vaginal antisepsis. They are also used in late pregnancy for reducing neonatal infectious mortality and morbidity due to group B streptococcal infections;[3] nonetheless, hexetidine is to be used with care during pregnancy, and its vaginal use is counter-indicated in the first three months of pregnancy.[4]



  1. ^ Kapić E, Becić F, Becić E (2002). "Hexetidine--an oral antiseptic". Med Arh. 56 (1): 43–8. PMID 11917691.
  2. ^ "Γαληνός - Σκεύασμα - HEXALEN MOUTH.WASH 0,1% W/V FL x 200 ML (Γυάλινο φιαλίδιο) - Γενικά".
  3. ^ Weidinger H, Passloer HJ, Kovacs L, Berle B (November 1991). "[The advantage of preventive vaginal antisepsis with hexetidine in obstetrics and gynecology]". Geburtshilfe Frauenheilkd (in German). 51 (11): 929–35. doi:10.1055/s-2008-1026238. PMID 1773929.
  4. ^ Vagi-Hex: Gegenanzeigen (Vagi-Hex: Counterindications, in German language)

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