The organic compound hexylresorcinol exhibits anaesthetic, antiseptic, and anthelmintic properties. This drug is available for use topically on small skin infections or as a component of throat lozenges. The phenolic lipid hexylresorcinol can be found naturally in whole grain wheat and rye. Hexylresorcinol is known for its ability to brighten the skin. This over-the-counter (OTC) medication is used in the treatment of several mild mouth and throat symptoms such as minor irritation, pain, sore throat, and sore mouth.
- CAS ID:136-77-6
- Synonyms: 4-Hexylresorcinol,136-77-6
- Molecular Formula: C12H18O2
- Molecular Weight: 194.27
- Appearance: white powder
- Melting Point: 68.00 °C
- Boiling Point: 334.00 °C
- Solubility: Soluble in acetone, ether and water
- pH level: 5-8
How does it work:
Hexylresorcinol is used as an antiseptic agent to reduce or stop the formation of bacterial biofilm, interfere with the process of generating bacterial biofilm, reduce the adherence of bacteria to the pharynx, inhibit glycolytic enzyme and maintain pH levels.
The over-the-counter (OTC) drug is used for the temporary relief of minor throat and mouth symptoms.
Applications Or where it is used:
Hexylresorcinol is an antiseptic used in mouthwashes and wound cleansers. In addition to antiseptic and anthelmintic properties, it has local anesthetic effects. You can find it in topical solutions for minor skin infections and in oral solutions or throat lozenges for pain relief. You can use it topically on small skin infections or as an ingredient in throat lozenges.
Dosage of usage:
Lozenge- 2.4 mg
- Adults and children over 6 years: Let the lozenge dissolve slowly in your mouth; repeat every 2 hours if needed
- Children under 6 years: There is no safety or efficacy data available, not to exceed 10 lozenges per day.
- Feeling cold or warm
- Blurred vision
- Ringing in the ears
- Water retention
Serious side effects of Hexylresorcinol include:
- Congestive cardiac failure
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- Urinary retention
- Atrial fibrillation
- Knee replacement surgery
- Coronary artery disease
Warnings and precautions while using this product:
Taking lozenges when young is a choking hazard
If a sore throat lasts for more than 2 days, or if it is accompanied by fever, headache, rash, nausea, or vomiting, patients should discontinue the medication and seek medical advice
Whenever the patient experiences sore mouth symptoms that last longer than 7 days, or irritation, pain, or redness persists or worsens, recommend discontinuing the medication and seeking medical advice