Chlorhexidine - Drug Information

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General Information on Chlorhexidine

Generic Name : Chlorhexidine

Pronunciation : Klor-hex-EH-deen

Latest prescription information about Chlorhexidine. Learn how to pronounce the drug's name, its indications, dosage, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, its storage instructions and warnings if any when taken during pregnancy. Also listed are the International and Indian trade name(s) of the drug and its price list.
Therapeutic Classification : Antiseptics

Why is Chlorhexidine Prescribed? (Indications)

This medication is a chemical antiseptic, prescribed for gingivitis, cleansing skin and wound areas.  It decreases the amount of bacteria in the mouth.

When should Chlorhexidine not to be taken? (Contraindications)

Hypersensitivity.

Pregnancy Category

A B C D X

Category B :

Animal studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus and appropriate studies on pregnant women are lacking.

What is the dosage of Chlorhexidine?

As 0.2% solution: Rinse with 10 ml for 1 min 2-3 times/day.

How should Chlorhexidine be taken?

It comes as liquid to rinse the affected area as directed by your physician.

What are the warnings and precautions for Chlorhexidine?

Caution should be exercised in patients with history of any allergy, who are taking other medications, premature infants, during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
For external use only.
Avoid contact with eyes, ears, and mouth; if the medication is accidentally swallowed nausea and stomach upset may occur.

What are the side effects of Chlorhexidine?

Skin sensitivity, irritation of eye, mucosal irritation and staining of the teeth and tongue, anaphylaxis reactions with skin rash, itch, generalized swelling, breathing difficulties, light headedness, rapid heart rate, upset stomach or diarrhea.

What are the other precautions for Chlorhexidine?

Avoid excess dosage.

What are the storage conditions of Chlorhexidine?

Store it at controlled room temperature (25C).

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