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Hexachlorophene

Generic Name: hexachlorophene (hex-a-KLOR-oh-feen)
Brand Name: pHisoHex

Hexachlorophene is used for:

Cleansing skin and preventing the spread of infection. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Hexachlorophene is a topical antibacterial cleanser. It works like a detergent to cleanse skin and prevents the growth of certain bacteria.

Do NOT use hexachlorophene if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in hexachlorophene or to similar medicines
  • you have burns or have lost several layers of skin
  • you will be using it as part of a bandage, wet pack, or lotion
  • you will be using it on any mucous membrane (eg, mouth, nose, eyes, vagina)
  • you will be using it routinely for bathing the whole body to prevent infection

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

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Before using hexachlorophene:

Some medical conditions may interact with hexachlorophene. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have skin lesions

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with hexachlorophene. Because little, if any, of hexachlorophene is absorbed into the blood, the risk of it interacting with another medicine is low.

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if hexachlorophene may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use hexachlorophene:

Use hexachlorophene as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Hexachlorophene is for topical use only.
  • To use, wet hands with water. Place 1 teaspoon of hexachlorophene into your palm and work up a lather with water. Apply to the area to be cleansed.
  • Rinse thoroughly after use, especially sensitive areas such as the genitals.
  • If you miss an application of hexachlorophene and you are using it regularly, resume your regular schedule as soon as possible.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use hexachlorophene.

Important safety information:

  • Do not apply hexachlorophene to skin that is burned, broken, or has any kind of rash or sores. Doing so increases the risk of toxicity from the medicine, which may result in irritability or seizures.
  • Using soaps or other products that contain alcohol may decrease the antibacterial effectiveness of hexachlorophene.
  • Hexachlorophene may be harmful if swallowed. If you may have taken hexachlorophene by mouth, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately.
  • Do not allow this product to come into contact with the eyes. If this occurs, rinse thoroughly with water.
  • Long-term or repeated use of hexachlorophene may cause a second infection. Your doctor may want to change your medicine to treat the second infection. Contact your doctor if signs of a second infection occur.
  • Hexachlorophene may cause increased sensitivity to the sun. Avoid exposure to the sun, sunlamps, or tanning booths until you know how you react to hexachlorophene. Use a sunscreen or wear protective clothing if you must be outside for a prolonged period.
  • Hexachlorophene is not recommended for use in INFANTS. Safety and effectiveness have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using hexachlorophene during pregnancy. It is unknown if hexachlorophene is excreted in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you are using hexachlorophene, check with your doctor or pharmacist to discuss the risk to your baby.

Possible side effects of hexachlorophene:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Dryness; mild scaling; skin redness; skin sensitivity to light; swelling of the skin.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); irritable behavior; seizures.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately. Symptoms of ingestion may include cold, clammy skin; diarrhea; loss of appetite; seizures; stomach cramps; vomiting.

Proper storage of hexachlorophene:

Store hexachlorophene at 77 degrees F (25 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Do not store in metal containers. Keep hexachlorophene out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about hexachlorophene, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Hexachlorophene is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take hexachlorophene or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. 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 hexachlorophene. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to hexachlorophene. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using hexachlorophene.

Issue Date: November 5, 2014
Database Edition 14.4.1.002
Copyright © 2014 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. 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 your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

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