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Chlorhexidine Gluconate
What is it? Overview Usage Side Effects and Warnings

What is Chlorhexidine Gluconate?

(klor HEKS i deen GLOO koe nate)

• This medicine is used to prevent and treat mouth infections.

• This medicine is used to clean the skin.

What are the precautions when taking this medicine?

All forms:

• Check medicines with healthcare provider. This medicine may not mix well with other medicines.

• Tell healthcare provider if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant.

• Tell healthcare provider if you are breast-feeding.


• If you have front-tooth fillings or other gum problems, talk with healthcare provider.


• Protect clothing and fabrics from staining.

What are some possible side effects of this medicine?


• Mouth and lip irritation. Frequent mouth care with a soft toothbrush or cotton swabs and rinsing mouth may help.

• Abnormal taste. This is usually reversible.


• Dryness.

• Skin irritation.

Reasons to call healthcare provider immediately

• If...