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Chlorhexidine - Indications, Dosage, Side Effects and Precautions

Written & Compiled by Anushta Chandrapalan, M.Sc  | Medically Reviewed by The Medindia Medical Review Team
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Information about 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, warnings and its storage instructions . Also listed are the International and Indian trade name(s) of the drug and its price list.
Therapeutic Classification : Antiseptics

Trade Names/Brand Names of Chlorhexidine

India : 


International : 

Peridex and PerioGard

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 be taken? (Contraindications)


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 for Chlorhexidine?

Store it at controlled room temperature (25C).

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