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Is benzyl alcohol bad for you?

This medicine may cause harm if swallowed. If benzyl alcohol gel is swallowed, call a doctor or poison control center right away. This medicine has benzyl alcohol in it. Benzyl alcohol may cause very bad and sometimes deadly side effects in newborns or infants.Brand name: Drug class: 

How toxic is benzyl alcohol? Benzyl alcohol has low acute toxicity with an LD 50 of 1.2 g/kg in rats. It oxidizes rapidly in healthy individuals to benzoic acid, conjugated with glycine in the liver, and excreted as hippuric acid. Very high concentrations can result in toxic effects including respiratory failure, vasodilation, hypotension, convulsions, and paralysis.

What does benzyl mean? In organic chemistry, benzyl is the substituent or molecular fragment possessing the structure C 6H 5CH 2–.