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Chlorhexidine Gluconate (klor HEKS i deen GLOO koe nate)

Adult Medication

Brand Names: U.S.

Betasept Surgical Scrub [OTC]; ChloraPrep One Step [OTC]; Hibiclens [OTC]; Hibistat [OTC]; Paroex; Peridex; Periogard; Tegaderm CHG Dressing [OTC]

Brand Names: Canada

Apo-Chlorhexidine Oral Rinse; Denti-Care Chlorhexidine Gluconate Oral Rinse; GUM Paroex; ORO-Clense; Perichlor; Peridex Oral Rinse; Periogard; X-Pur Chlorhexidine

What is this drug used for?

  • It is used to treat or prevent mouth infections.
  • It is used to clean the skin.
  • It may be given to you for other reasons. Talk with the doctor.

What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take this drug?

  • If you have an allergy to chlorhexidine gluconate or any other part of this drug.
  • If you are allergic to any drugs like this one, any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
This drug may interact with other drugs or health problems.
Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take this drug with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.

What are some things I need to know or do while I take this drug?

All products:

  • Tell dentists, surgeons, and other doctors that you use this drug.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using this drug while you are pregnant.
  • Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about any risks to your baby.

Oral:

  • Take good care of your teeth. See a dentist often.

Skin:

  • Protect clothing and fabrics from staining.

What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?

WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:
  • Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Oral:

  • Very bad gum pain or swelling.
  • Numbness or tingling in the mouth.
  • Staining of the mouth, teeth, or fillings.

Skin:

  • Very bad skin irritation.

What are some other side effects of this drug?

All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:

Oral:

  • Mouth irritation.
  • Bad taste in your mouth.
  • Tooth staining.

Skin:

  • Dryness.
  • Skin irritation.
  • Itching.
These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
You may report side effects to your national health agency.

How is this drug best taken?

Use this drug as ordered by your doctor. Read and follow the dosing on the label closely.

Oral rinse:

  • Brush and floss your teeth.
  • Rinse with 1 tablespoon (15 mL) of this drug for 30 seconds.
  • Do not swallow this drug.
  • Rinse 2 times a day, in the morning and in the evening.
  • Wait 30 minutes before eating, drinking, using mouthwash, or brushing teeth.

Oral chip:

  • Your doctor will give this drug.
  • Do not floss close to where the chip was placed for 10 days.

Skin (cleanser):

  • Do not take this drug by mouth. Use on your skin only. Keep out of your mouth, nose, ears, and eyes (may burn).

Skin (hand sanitizer):

  • Work under fingertips.
  • Spread over hand and to just above elbow.
  • Put 1 more pumpful on both hands and spread over hands and up to the wrists.
  • Rub into hands until dry.

Skin (hand washing):

  • Wet hands and forearms.
  • Put 1 teaspoon (5 mL) on hands and wash for 1 minute.
  • Rinse affected part with water. Make sure to it dry well.

Skin (before surgery):

  • Your doctor may teach you how to use.
  • Your doctor may put on the skin.

What do I do if I miss a dose?

  • Use a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
  • If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
  • Do not use 2 doses or extra doses.
  • Many times this drug is used on an as needed basis. Do not use more often than told by the doctor.

How do I store and/or throw out this drug?

  • Store at room temperature.
  • Protect from heat.
  • Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to throw out unused drugs.

General drug facts

  • If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
  • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else’s drugs.
  • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
  • Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
  • Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. If you have any questions about this drug, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

Consumer Information Use and Disclaimer

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only the healthcare provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for a specific patient. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from the healthcare provider. You must talk with the healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

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