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Sodium hypochlorite

Generic Name: sodium hypochlorite (SO-dee-um hye-poe-KLOR-ite (DAY-kinz))
Brand Name: Generic only. No brands available.

Sodium hypochlorite is used for:

Preventing and treating infection of the skin and tissue. It may also be used before and after surgery or to treat cuts, abrasions, and skin ulcers. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Sodium hypochlorite is a topical antimicrobial. It works by killing sensitive bacteria.

Do NOT use sodium hypochlorite if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in sodium hypochlorite or to chlorine compounds

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

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Before using sodium hypochlorite:

Some medical conditions may interact with sodium hypochlorite. 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

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with sodium hypochlorite. However, no specific interactions with sodium hypochlorite are known at this time.

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if sodium hypochlorite 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 sodium hypochlorite:

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

  • This product is for external use only. Avoid contact with the eyes, ears, nose, and mouth. If you get sodium hypochlorite in your eyes, rinse immediately with cool water.
  • Sodium hypochlorite may be used to irrigate or cleanse a wound, or as the wetting agent for a wet-to-moist dressing.
  • Pour sodium hypochlorite on or apply to the affected area as directed on the package labeling or by your doctor.
  • Protect the normal skin surrounding the wound with a moisture-barrier ointment or skin sealant as needed.
  • If you miss a dose of sodium hypochlorite, use it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not use 2 doses at once.

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

Important safety information:

  • Stop using sodium hypochlorite and check with your doctor if redness, irritation, swelling, or pain persists or increases.
  • Sodium hypochlorite may bleach clothing.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant while taking sodium hypochlorite, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using sodium hypochlorite during pregnancy. It is unknown if sodium hypochlorite is excreted in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you are using sodium hypochlorite, check with your doctor or pharmacist to discuss the risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of sodium hypochlorite:

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:

Mild skin irritation.

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).

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.

Proper storage of sodium hypochlorite:

Store sodium hypochlorite at room temperature, between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 and 25 degrees C), in a tightly closed container. Do not freeze. Store away from heat and light. Keep sodium hypochlorite out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about sodium hypochlorite, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Sodium hypochlorite 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 sodium hypochlorite 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 sodium hypochlorite. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to sodium hypochlorite. 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 sodium hypochlorite.

Issue Date: April 2, 2014
Database Edition 14.2.1.001
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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