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Nystaform-hcProduct code SKU17365

Brand Name(s) : Care, Cepton, Corsodyl, Corsodyl daily defence, Covonia, Cx powder, Dermol, Dermol 200, Dermol 500, Eludril, Germolene, Halita, Hibiscrub, Hibitane, Instillagel, Naseptin, Nystaform, Nystaform-hc, Perio.aid, Savlon, Sterets, Tarodent, Tisept, Unisept


CHLORHEXIDINE USES

What is it used for?

 Chlorhexidine is used to kill bacteria that cause infections.
 Is found in many medicines that are applied directly to the affected area of the body.
 It is an antiseptic treatment.
 It is used to treat and prevent infections.
 In general this drug is used where infections of the skin, mouth or throat are present or may arise.

Listed below are the typical uses of chlorhexidine.

 The treatment and prevention of infections of minor cuts, grazes, burns and scalds, athlete’s foot, blisters, stings and insect bites, spots, chapped or rough skin and minor infections of the mouth or throat.
 It is also used for cleaning the skin before injections and small operations.

On occasion your doctor may prescribe this medicine to treat a condition not on the above list. Such conditions are listed below.

 Not known.

HOW TO USE/TAKE

How often do I take it?

 Always use chlorhexidine exactly as instructed by the particular medicine information leaflet enclosed with the product. You should check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
 Use this medication as instructed in order to get the most benefit from it.
 Remember to use it at the same time each day - unless specifically told not to by your doctor.
 Chlorhexidine applied to the skin has its effect within a few minutes.
 Certain medical conditions may require different dosage instructions as directed by your doctor.

What dose?

 Dosage is based on your age, medical condition, response to therapy, and use of certain interacting medicines.

Do I need to avoid anything?

 Chlorhexidine may cause irritation if it gets into the eyes. Rinse the eyes with plenty of water. If irritation persists, seek medical advice. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more details.

When can I stop?

 Use as directed by your doctor or pharmacist or as required, depending on the condition being treated.

Details

CHLORHEXIDINE INTERACTIONS

Your doctor or pharmacist may already be aware of any possible drug interactions and may be monitoring you for them. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with them first.

This drug should not be used with the following medications because very serious, possibly fatal interactions may occur:

 None known.

Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all prescription and non-prescription/herbal products you may use.

This information does not contain all possible interactions. Therefore, before using chlorhexidine, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all the products you use.


CHLORHEXIDINE SIDE EFFECTS

 Irritation of the skin
 Redness of the skin
 Rashes
 Other skin reactions (e.g contact dermatitis redness, itching).

If any of these persist or you consider them severe then inform your doctor or pharmacist.

Stop using and tell your doctor immediately if you develop any of the following symptoms:

 If your skin condition seems to look or feel worse.
 If any of the side effects become unacceptable, or you notice any other side effects not mentioned in the package information leaflet.

Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.

A serious allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction include: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), dizziness, trouble breathing.

This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

In the UK you may report side-effects to the MHRA


CHLORHEXIDINE OVERDOSE

The effects of overdose with chlorhexidine are not known, but are unlikely to be serious when used on the skin.

If you think you, or someone you care for, might have accidentally taken more than the recommended dose of chlorhexidine or intentional overdose is suspected, contact your local hospital, GP or if in the UK call NHS Direct on 0845 4647.

MISSED DOSE

If you miss a dose, apply it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not double the dose to catch up.


CHLORHEXIDINE PRECAUTIONS

Before taking chlorhexidine, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it, or to other antiseptic, or if you have any other allergies.

This medication should not be used if you have certain medical conditions. Before using this medicine, consult your doctor or pharmacist in case of:

 known allergy (hypersensitivity) to chlorhexidine or any of the other ingredients
 See the individual package information leaflet for specific information.

Before using this medication tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially any of the following:

 If you have hearing problems it is important that you speak to your doctor before using Naseptin. Naseptin could make your hearing worse.

If using as a leave-on application, it is generally a good idea for patients with very sensitive skin to start any new treatment on a small test area first, in case any side effect occurs. This is especially important when treating the face or young children.

Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist that you are taking this medication.

Does alcohol intake affect this drug?

 Alcohol intake is not known to affect chlorhexidine.

The elderly: chlorhexidine can be used in the elderly.

Pregnancy and breastfeeding - please ensure you read the detailed information below

PREGNANCY

Chlorhexidine is suitable to use during pregnancy. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any doubts or questions about this.

It is sensible to limit use of medication during pregnancy whenever possible. However, your doctor may decide that the benefits outweigh the risks in individual circumstances and after a careful assessment of your specific health situation.

If you have any doubts or concerns you are advised to discuss the medicine with your doctor or pharmacist.

BREAST FEEDING

Chlorhexidine is suitable to take if you are breastfeeding.

If you have any doubts or concerns you are advised to discuss the medicine with your doctor or pharmacist.


CHLORHEXIDINE WARNINGS

Chlorhexidine should be used with caution in the following instances:

 If you have hearing problems it is important that you speak to your doctor before using Naseptin (a medicine containing chlorhexidine). Naseptin could make your hearing worse.

If using as a leave-on application, it is generally a good idea for patients with very sensitive skin to start any new treatment on a small test area first, in case any side effect occurs. This is especially important when treating the face or young children.

Some medicines containing chlorhexidine should not be used on broken skin.

It should not be used by:

 people with known allergies (hypersensitivities) to chlorhexidine or any of the other ingredients
 See the individual package information leaflet for specific information.

Also see list of precautions and interactions

STORAGE

Do not store above 25°C or 30°C, depending on the particular medicine.

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