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Benzyl alcohol

Brand names: SKINSEPT (in combination) ULESFIA


Active ingredient Benzyl alcohol interacts in the following cases:


Pregnancy Category B.

There are no adequate and well-controlled studies with topical benzyl alcohol in pregnant women. Reproduction studies conducted in rats and rabbits were negative. Because animal reproduction studies are not always predictive of human response, this drug should be used during pregnancy only if clearly needed.

No comparisons of animal exposure with human exposure are provided in this labeling due to the low systemic exposure noted in the clinical pharmacokinetic study which did not allow for the determination of human AUC values that could be used for this calculation.

Pregnant rats were dosed with benzyl alcohol via subcutaneous injection at 100, 250, and 500 mg/kg/day. No teratogenic effects were noted at any dose. Maternal toxicity and decreased fetal weight occurred at 500 mg/kg/day. When pregnant rabbits received subcutaneous injections of benzyl alcohol at 100, 250, and 400 mg/kg/day, there were no teratogenic effects in offspring at any dose. In rabbits, maternal toxicity occurred at the two higher doses and was associated with decreased fetal weight at the highest dose.

Nursing Mothers

It is not known whether benzyl alcohol is excreted into human milk. Because some systemic absorption of topical benzyl alcohol may occur and because many drugs are excreted in human milk, caution should be exercised when ULESFIA Lotion is administered to a nursing woman.

Carcinogenesis, Mutagenesis and Fertility

Long-term studies in animals to evaluate carcinogenic potential of benzyl alcohol lotion have not been conducted. No evidence of carcinogenic activity was noted for benzyl alcohol in 2 year oral carcinogenicity studies in rats (doses up to 400 mg/kg benzyl alcohol) or mice (doses up to 200 mg/kg benzyl alcohol) conducted by the National Toxicology Program.

Benzyl alcohol has produced mixed results in genetic testing. Benzyl alcohol was negative in the Ames test with and without metabolic activation, sex-linked recessive lethal assay, and a replicative DNA synthesis assay (conducted in male rats). Negative results were obtained in the mouse lymphoma assay with metabolic activation, but a positive response was noted in the mouse lymphoma assay without metabolic activation at a concentration producing a high level of cellular toxicity. Benzyl alcohol was positive in the Chinese hamster ovary chromosomal aberration assay with metabolic activation.

No fertility studies have been conducted with benzyl alcohol.