HIBICET HOSPITAL CONCENTRATE

Active substance: STRONG CETRIMIDE SOLUTION 40%

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PACKAGE LEAFLET

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Package leaflet: Information for the patient
HiBiCET® Hospital Concentrate 1.5% w/v and 15% w/v Liquid
Chlorhexidine gluconate / Cetrimide
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you are administered this medicine because it contains
important information for you.
Keep this leaflet. You may need to use it again.
Ask your doctor or nurse if you need more information or advice.
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or nurse. This includes any possible side effects not
listed in this leaflet.
What is in this leaflet
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What HiBiCET® Hospital Concentrate is and what it is used for
2.
What you need to know before HiBiCET® Hospital Concentrate is used
3.
How HiBiCET® Hospital Concentrate will be used
4.
Possible side effects
5.
How to store HiBiCET® Hospital Concentrate
6.
Contents of the pack and other information

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What HiBiCET® Hospital Concentrate is and what it is used for

HiBiCET® Hospital Concentrate belongs to a group of medicines called antiseptics. This means that it helps
to prevent infections by killing germs on the skin. Both chlorhexidine gluconate and cetrimide have an
antimicrobial activity. HiBiCET® Hospital Concentrate is an antimicrobial preparation with cleansing
properties used for general antiseptic purposes. It may also be used to disinfect medical instruments and
equipment.

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What you need to know before HiBiCET® Hospital Concentrate is used

Do not use HiBiCET® Hospital Concentrate if you are allergic to chlorhexidine gluconate, cetrimide or any
of the other ingredients of this medicine (listed in section 6).
Warnings and precautions
Talk to your doctor or nurse before HiBiCET® Hospital Concentrate is used.
Avoid contact with the eyes, meninges (the membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord) and
ears. If HiBiCET® Hospital Concentrate or diluted solutions come into contact with the eyes, wash off
immediately and thoroughly with water.
If concentrated cetrimide solutions come into contact with the skin, rinse promptly and thoroughly
with water.
Prolonged skin contact with alcoholic solutions should be avoided.
Common bleaches (which contain hypochlorites) may cause brown stains to develop on fabrics, which
have previously been in contact with chlorhexidine and/or cetrimide.
HiBiCET® Hospital Concentrate’s action may be reduced if used with soap or detergents
If you accidentally swallow any HiBiCET® Hospital Concentrate
You should go to your nearest Accident and Emergency department or contact your doctor immediately.
Take this leaflet and any other packaging with you so they know what you have taken.

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How HiBiCET® Hospital Concentrate will be used

FOR EXTERNAL USE ONLY
Not for injection.
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Not for use in the body cavities.
Not for use as an enema.
This medicine must be diluted before use. If alcohol is used for dilution, the medicine should be allowed to
dry after application and before continuing with the procedure.
Dilute as follows:
Method of
Preparation
10ml HiBiCET®
Hospital Concentrate
made up to 1 litre with
water

Dilution

Use

1 in 100 (1%)
aqueous

35ml HiBiCET®
Hospital Concentrate
made up to 1 litre with
water
35ml HiBiCET®
Hospital Concentrate
with 200ml water made
up to 1 litre with 95%
alcohol

1 in 30 (approx)
aqueous

Cleansing/antiseptic treatment of wounds and burns *
Swabbing in obstetrics, gynaecology and urology.
Cleansing/disinfectant soak for used metal instruments.
Clean instrument disinfection where no means of sterilisation
is available (30 minutes immersion)**
Cleansing/disinfection of equipment, furniture and fittings in
the vicinity of the patient.
Storage of clinical thermometers and sterile instruments.
Cleansing/antiseptic treatment of wounds and burns where
greater cleansing/antisepsis is required*
Cleansing/disinfectant soak for soiled instruments.

1 in 30 (approx)
in 70% alcohol

Rapid skin antisepsis before operation and other invasive
procedures.
Disinfection of clean instruments and equipment (2 minutes
immersion)**
Disinfection of clinical thermometers.

*Sterilise the diluted solution by autoclaving at 115°C for 30 minutes or 121°C for 15 minutes before
use on wounds, burns or broken skin.
**endoscopes should not be placed in HiBiCET® solutions.
Syringes, needles or instruments, which have been immersed in a HiBiCET® solution should be thoroughly
rinsed in sterile water or saline before use.
Do not use HiBiCET solutions to disinfect endoscopes or for prolonged immersion of rubber appliances.
If you have any further questions on the use of this medicine, ask your doctor or nurse.

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Possible side effects

Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
The following side effects may occur; it is not known how often they occur but available data suggests
these are very rare (probably affect fewer than 1 in every 10,000 people).

Serious allergic reactions which can cause breathing difficulties, weakness, collapse and death, and
can sometimes be preceded by swelling (in particular lip/tongue and facial swelling), or rash.
At the first sign of any of these reactions, tell your doctor or nurse and application of this medicine
should be stopped immediately.
Other possible side effects, for which it is not known how often they occur, are: allergic skin disorders
such as dermatitis (inflammation of the skin), pruritus (itch), erythema (redness of the skin), eczema, rash,
urticaria (hives), skin irritation and blisters.

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Dry skin and in rare cases chemical burns have been reported after repeated use.
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or nurse. This includes any side effects not listed in this leaflet.

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How to store HiBiCET® Hospital Concentrate

Keep this medicine out of the sight and reach of children.
Do not use this medicine after the expiry date which is printed on the bottle. The expiry date refers to the last
day of that month.
Do not store above 30°C.
Do not throw away any medicines via wastewater. Ask your pharmacist how to throw away medicines you
no longer use. These measures will help protect the environment.

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Contents of the pack and other information

What HiBiCET® Hospital Concentrate contains
The active substances are Chlorhexidine gluconate 1.5% w/v and Cetrimide 15% w/v.
The other ingredients are benzyl benzoate, liquid deodoriser, sunset yellow (E110), terpineol,
isopropyl alcohol, d-gluconolactone, sodium hydroxide and purified water.
What HiBiCET® Hospital Concentrate looks like and contents of the pack
HiBiCET® Hospital Concentrate is a clear, orange coloured, slightly viscous solution. HiBiCET® Hospital
Concentrate comes in white bottles containing 5 litres of solution.
Marketing Authorisation Holder:
Regent Medical Overseas Limited, Two Omega Drive, River Bend Technology Park, Irlam, Manchester,
M44 5BJ.
Manufacturer:
BCM Ltd., 1 Thane Road West, Nottingham, NG2 3AA, UK.
This leaflet was last revised in June 2014.

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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

Disclaimer: Every effort has been made to ensure that the information provided here is accurate, up-to-date and complete, but no guarantee is made to that effect. Drug information contained herein may be time sensitive. This information has been compiled for use by healthcare practitioners and consumers in the United States. The absence of a warning for a given drug or combination thereof in no way should be construed to indicate that the drug or combination is safe, effective or appropriate for any given patient. If you have questions about the substances you are taking, check with your doctor, nurse or pharmacist.

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