2,4-Dichlorobenzyl alcohol

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2,4-Dichlorobenzyl alcohol is a type of organic compound that is commonly used in medicine as an antiseptic. It is a chlorinated derivative of benzyl alcohol.

Chemical Structure[edit | edit source]

The chemical structure of 2,4-Dichlorobenzyl alcohol consists of a benzene ring with two chlorine atoms and one hydroxyl group attached. The chlorine atoms are located at the 2 and 4 positions of the benzene ring, while the hydroxyl group is attached to the benzyl position.

Uses[edit | edit source]

2,4-Dichlorobenzyl alcohol is primarily used as an antiseptic in various medicinal products. It is often found in throat lozenges and cough syrups, where it works by killing or preventing the growth of bacteria and fungi. This helps to prevent or treat infections in the throat and respiratory tract.

Pharmacology[edit | edit source]

In the body, 2,4-Dichlorobenzyl alcohol acts as a mild local anesthetic, numbing the area where it is applied. This can help to relieve symptoms such as pain and discomfort in the throat. The compound is not absorbed into the body in significant amounts, so it does not have systemic effects.

Safety[edit | edit source]

2,4-Dichlorobenzyl alcohol is generally considered safe for use in medicinal products. However, like all medicines, it can cause side effects in some people. These may include allergic reactions, irritation, and dryness of the mouth or throat.

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