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

Chlorhexidine Gluconate Overview

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U.S. Brand Names

Avagard™ [OTC]; BactoShield® CHG [OTC]; Betasept® [OTC]; ChloraPrep® Frepp® [OTC]; ChloraPrep® Sepp® [OTC]; ChloraPrep® [OTC]; Chlorascrub™ Maxi [OTC]; Chlorascrub™ [OTC]; Dyna-Hex® [OTC]; Hibiclens® [OTC]; Hibistat® [OTC]; Operand® Chlorhexidine Gluconate [OTC]; Peridex®; PerioChip®; PerioGard®

Canadian Brand Names

Hibidil® 1:2000; ORO-Clense; Peridex® Oral Rinse

Mexican Brand Names


Pharmacologic Category

Antibiotic, Oral Rinse; Antibiotic, Topical

Reasons not to take this medicine

• If you have an allergy to chlorhexidine gluconate or any other part of this medicine.

• Tell healthcare provider if you are allergic to any medicine. Make sure to tell about the allergy and how it affected you. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other symptoms involved.

How does it work?

• Chlorhexidine gluconate works to injure the bacteria and fight the infection.

How is it best taken?

Oral rinse:

• Brush and floss teeth.

• Rinse with 1 tablespoon of medicine for 30 seconds.

• Do not swallow medicine.

• Rinse twice daily in the morning and in the evening.

• Wait 30 minutes before eating, drinking, using mouthwash, or brushing teeth.

Oral chip:

• Your healthcare provider will give this medicine.

• Do not floss the area where the chip was placed for 10 days.

Skin (cleanser):

• Do not take this medicine by mouth. For skin only. Keep out of mouth, nose, ears, and eyes (may burn).

Skin (hand sanitizer):

• Work under fingertips.

• Spread over hand and to just above elbow.

• Apply another pump full to both hands and spread over hands and up to the wrist.

• Rub into hands until dry.

Skin (hand washing):

• Wet hands and forearms.

• Apply 1 teaspoon to hands and wash for 1 minute.

• Rinse affected area with water. Make sure to dry well.

Skin (before surgery):

• Your healthcare provider may teach you how to use.

• Your healthcare provider may apply to skin.

Skin (surgical wash):

• Your healthcare provider will give this medicine.

What do I do if I miss a dose? (does not apply to patients in the hospital)

• Use a missed dose as soon as possible.

• If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your regular schedule.

• Many times this medicine is used on an as needed basis.

What should I monitor?


• Change in condition being treated. Is it better, worse, or about the same?

How should I store this medicine?

• Store at room temperature.

• Protect from heat.

General statements

• If you have a life-threatening allergy, wear allergy identification at all times.

• Do not share your medicine with others and do not take anyone else's medicine.

• Keep all medicine out of the reach of children and pets.

• Most medicines can be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.

• Keep a list of all your medicines (prescription, natural products, supplements, vitamins, over-the-counter) with you. Give this list to healthcare provider (doctor, nurse, nurse practitioner, pharmacist, physician assistant).

• Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or in Canada to Health Canada's Canada Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.

• Talk with healthcare provider before starting any new medicine, including over-the-counter, natural products, or vitamins.

Created: 2006-10-13 11:22:52.0

Modified: 2010-04-29 14:07:08.0

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