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FDA Medwatch Alert: Chlorhexidine Gluconate: Drug Safety Communication - Rare But Serious Allergic Reactions

Posted 3 Feb 2017 by

ISSUE: FDA is warning that rare but serious allergic reactions have been reported with the widely used skin antiseptic products containing chlorhexidine gluconate. Although rare, the number of reports of serious allergic reactions to these products has increased over the last several years. See the FDA Drug Safety Communication for a data summary. As a result, FDA is requesting the manufacturers of over-the-counter (OTC) antiseptic products containing chlorhexidine gluconate to add a warning about this risk to the Drug Facts labels. BACKGROUND: Chlorhexidine gluconate is mainly available in OTC products to clean and prepare the skin before surgery and before injections in order to help reduce bacteria that potentially can cause skin infections. These products are available as solutions, washes, sponges, and swabs and under many different brand names and as generics. Chlorhexidine ... Read more

Related support groups: Chlorhexidine, Hibiclens, Peridex, Betasept, Scrub Care, ChloraPrep One-Step, Perisol, Dyna-Hex, Calgon Vesta, Topical Disinfection, Periogard, Chlorostat 4, Spectrum-4, Paroex, Biopatch, Hibistat Towelette, Exidine, PerioChip, Chlorostat, Acclean

Mouthwash Helps Kill Gonorrhea Germs in Mouth, Throat: Study

Posted 20 Dec 2016 by

TUESDAY, Dec. 20, 2016 – A commercial brand of mouthwash can help control gonorrhea bacteria in the mouth, and daily use may offer a cheap and easy way to reduce the spread of the sexually transmitted disease, a small study from Australia contends. Gonorrhea rates among men are on the rise in many countries due to declining condom use, and most cases occur in gay/bisexual men, researchers said. The maker of Listerine mouthwash has claimed as far back as 1879 that it could be used against gonorrhea, though no published research has ever proved it. In laboratory tests, the authors of this new study found that Listerine Cool Mint and Total Care (which are both 21.6 percent alcohol) significantly reduced levels of gonorrhea bacteria. A salt water (saline) solution did not. The researchers then conducted a clinical trial with 58 gay/bisexual men who previously tested positive for gonorrhea ... Read more

Related support groups: Oral and Dental Conditions, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Nystatin, Clotrimazole, Chlorhexidine, Canker Sore, Gonococcal Infection - Uncomplicated, Hibiclens, Peridex, Saliva Substitutes, Mycostatin, Biotene Mouthwash, Prevention of Dental Caries, Cough-X Cough Relief, Nilstat, Gonococcal Infection - Disseminated, NeutraSal, Gonococcal Infection, FIRST Mouthwash BLM, Caphosol

Health Tip: Avoid Canker Sore Pain

Posted 3 Aug 2015 by

-- Canker sores are painful lesions that tend to develop inside the cheek or lips, on the gums or under the tongue. The American Academy of Family Physicians offers this advice to help ease canker sore pain: Avoid chewing gum. Steer clear of foods that are particularly spicy, crunchy or hard. Use a soft toothbrush after every meal, and floss daily to rid your mouth of lingering food. Talk to your doctor if you develop frequent canker sores. Read more

Related support groups: Oral and Dental Conditions, Nystatin, Aphthous Ulcer, Clotrimazole, Chlorhexidine, Canker Sore, Hibiclens, Peridex, Saliva Substitutes, Biotene Mouthwash, Mycostatin, Nilstat, Cough-X Cough Relief, NeutraSal, Oxy Oral, FIRST Mouthwash BLM, Mycelex Troche, Caphosol, Fusospirochetosis - Trench Mouth, Betasept

Common Antiseptic Can Prevent Infant Deaths, Study Says

Posted 6 Mar 2015 by

FRIDAY, March 6, 2015 – Using a low-cost antiseptic to clean the umbilical cords of babies born outside of a hospital lowers infant infection and death rates in developing countries, researchers say. "Based on our review, using chlorhexidine to clean the umbilical cord saves newborn babies lives," said lead researcher Anju Sinha of the Indian Council of Medical Research in New Delhi. The findings were based on 12 clinical trials, some of them conducted in Africa, Southeast Asia and South America. The results were published March 5 in the Cochrane Library. "The greatest benefits were seen in the Southeast Asian studies," Sinha said in a journal news release. "The results from African studies are less convincing, so we would like to see whether the results from ongoing trials in Zambia and Tanzania can substantiate this evidence," Sinha added. The review concluded that cleaning umbilical ... Read more

Related support groups: Infections, Chlorhexidine, Hibiclens, Peridex, Betasept, Perisol, Dyna-Hex, Calgon Vesta, Exidine, Periogard, Chlorostat 4, Spectrum-4, Hibistat Towelette, Denti-Rinse, PerioChip, Chlorostat, Hibistat, Bactoshield, Biopatch

FDA Seeks to Improve Safety of Antiseptic Swabs

Posted 14 Nov 2013 by

THURSDAY, Nov. 14 – Manufacturers of antiseptic swabs and solutions are being asked to make voluntary labeling and packaging changes, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Thursday. The goal is to improve the products' safety when applied to the skin before surgery or injections. Reports of infections linked to the over-the-counter antiseptics are infrequent but continuing, the agency said in a statement explaining its request. When used properly, these antiseptic swabs and solutions safely reduce the number of bacteria on patients' skin before they undergo an operation or receive shots. But use of contaminated antiseptics has led to localized infections and even death, according to the FDA. "Most often, contamination of [antiseptic products] occurs when organisms are introduced into the product by users," the agency said in the news release. The FDA is asking for labeling changes ... Read more

Related support groups: Chlorhexidine, Hibiclens, Benzalkonium Chloride, Peridex, Skin Disinfection, Preoperative, Betasept, Benzethonium Chloride, Denatured Alcohol, Benza, Lugols Strong Iodine, Lugols Solution, Dyna-Hex, Isopropyl Alcohol, Perisol, BD Butterfly Alcohol Pad, Lavacol, Zephiran Chloride, Butterfly Alcohol Pad, Hibistat Towelette, Biopatch

FDA Medwatch Alert: Over-the-Counter Topical Antiseptic Products: Drug Safety Communication - FDA Requests Label Changes and Single-Use Packaging to Decrease Risk of Infection

Posted 13 Nov 2013 by

ISSUE: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is requesting label and packaging changes to enhance the safe use of certain over-the-counter (OTC) topical antiseptic products. This request is the result of our ongoing evaluation of infrequent but continuing reports of infections resulting from antiseptic products labeled for preoperative or preinjection skin preparation.  When used properly, topical antiseptics are safe and effective products to reduce the number of bacteria on patients’ skin prior to surgery or injections.  However, most often, contamination of topical antiseptics occurs when organisms are introduced into the product by users.  Therefore, health care professionals and patients should follow all label directions to decrease the chances of infection. Outbreaks associated with the use of contaminated topical antiseptics have been reported in the medical literature and ... Read more

Related support groups: Chlorhexidine, Hibiclens, Benzalkonium Chloride, Peridex, Betasept, Benzethonium Chloride, Denatured Alcohol, Benza, Lugols Strong Iodine, Lugols Solution, Dyna-Hex, Isopropyl Alcohol, Perisol, BD Butterfly Alcohol Pad, Lavacol, Zephiran Chloride, Topical Disinfection, Butterfly Alcohol Pad, Hibistat Towelette, Biopatch

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