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Denatured Alcohol

Name of the generic: ethanol topical topical ETH-as-nol-TOP i-kal
The brand names are: Denatured Alcohol, Nozin, Nozin POPswab, and Lavacol.
The class of drugs: antiseptics and germicides

What is Denatured alcohol?

Ethanol (sometimes known as ruby alcohol) is an antiseptic that reduces the presence of bacteria on surfaces. Denatured alcohol (for application on skin) can be used to lower the chance of Staph infections around the eyes or around the nose.

Denatured alcohol is not an antibiotic and shouldn't be used in lieu of any other medicines the doctor has prescribed. Denatured alcohol could also be used to treat conditions not mentioned in this medication guide.

Side effects of Denatured alcohol

See a doctor immediately. Get medical attention immediately if you notice symptoms or warning signs of an allergic response, such as symptoms of hives, difficulty breathing, and swelling of your lips, face, and throat.

More minor side effects might be more likely, and there may be no side effects whatsoever.

This isn't a complete list of possible side effects, and others could happen. Contact your doctor for advice regarding medical adverse effects. You can report any symptoms to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.


Follow the directions on the label of your medication and on the label of your package. Inform your healthcare professionals about your medical issues, allergies, and any medications you take.

Before you take this drug

You shouldn't use denatured alcohol if you are sensitive to it. It is not recommended to apply denatured alcohol to or around your nose if you experience nose bleeding or irritation. Consult a physician or pharmacist about whether denatured alcohol is safe to use if you have ever experienced an allergic reaction to medicines or foods.

Consult a physician prior to applying this medicine if you are nursing or pregnant. If you apply denatured alcohol to your chest, be sure to avoid places that might come into contact with your baby's mouth. Do not administer this medicine to a child less than 2 years of age without medical guidance.

How to take denatured alcohol?

Follow all instructions on the prescription label and read the medication guide or instructions sheets. Make sure you use the medicine precisely as directed.

Before each use, the shaker should be shaken with the Nozin bottle. Avoid touching the bottle's tip to your skin or nose. Instead, pour the medicine on the cotton swab. Apply the medication using the swab. Use this remedy only on the skin that is just in your nostril. Don't put it in your nostril beyond your swab's tip.

The Nozin POPswab is intended for use once only. Dispose of the swab after a single use. Be sure to read and adhere to any instructions for use that are included in your medication. Talk to your pharmacist or doctor if you don't understand these directions. Don't allow children less than 12 years old to consume denatured alcohol without assistance from an adult.

Store at a cool temperature, far from heat and moisture. Denatured alcohol is extremely flammable. Avoid using near-high temperatures or near open flames. Avoid smoking until the medication has been removed from your face.

Do I be concerned if I miss a dose?

Because denatured alcohol is utilized in the event of need, you might not be following a regular dosing schedule. Don't miss a dose in the event that it's nearing time to take the next dose. Don't take two doses at once.

What will happen if I take excessively?

A topical overdose of ethanol isn't likely to pose a risk. You should seek medical attention in an emergency or contact the poison help line at 1-800-222-1222 if you have accidentally swallowed the drug.

What should be avoided?

Beware of getting denatured alcohol in your eyes or deep within your nose.

Interaction with other drugs

Skin care products will not be affected by other medicines that you are taking. But there are many drugs that interact with one another. Be sure to inform your health care providers about the medications you take, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbs.