What is it?
Methenamine is usually used in the manufacture of formaldehyde resins, rubber and the explosive, cyclonite. It is also used as a urinary antibacterial and antiseptic.
How do I avoid it?
You should avoid any contact with this substance. Avoidance requires reading labels, package inserts, Material Safety Data Sheets and, on occasion, direct communication with the manufacturer.
- Antiseptic agent (urinary)
- Coatings and sealing compounds
- Corrosion inhibitor for steel
- Dye fixative
- Epoxy curing agent
- Explosive manufacturing
- Fireproof materials
- Food additive, preservative in cheese
- Formaldehyde liberator
- Fuel tablets for camping stoves
- Hair shampoo and conditioner
- In China it is used as a deodorant
- Lubricating and insulating oils
- Paint & lacquers
- Production of Phenol-formaldehyde resins
- Preservative in cheeses
- Preservative in cosmetics
- Preservative in hides
- Rubber accelerator, to treat hyperhidrosis when applied topically
- Rubber/textile adhesives
- Urinary antiseptic, often combined with mandelic acid
Other names for Methenamine:
- 1,3,5,7-Tetraazatricyclo [18.104.22.168,7]-decane
Potential cross-reacting/co-reacting substances:
- Liberates formaldehyde in the presence of acids
- May cause airborne contact dermatitis