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CHLORHEXIDINE ACETATE 0.015% W/V AND CETRIMIDE 0.15% W/V IRRIGATION SOLUTION

Active substance(s): CETRIMIDE / CHLORHEXIDINE ACETATE

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Package leaflet: Information for the user
Chlorhexidine Acetate 0.015% w/v and Cetrimide 0.15% w/v, Irrigation Solution
Active substances: Chlorhexidine Acetate, Cetrimide
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start using
this medicine because it contains important information
for you.
• Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
• If you have any further questions, ask your doctor,
nurse or pharmacist.
• If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, nurse
or pharmacist. This includes any possible side effects
not listed in this leaflet.

• if you are allergic (hypersensitive) to the active
ingredients or any of the other ingredients (listed in
section 6)
• for irrigation of your eyes, mouth or ears
• for irrigation of the brain or spinal cord or
surrounding membranes (meninges)
• by infusion into a vein
• for oral administration
• for irrigation of any body cavities.

Throughout this leaflet, Chlorhexidine Acetate 0.015%
w/v and Cetrimide 0.15% w/v, Irrigation Solution will be
called Chlorhexidine and Cetrimide Irrigation Solution.

Do not take/use Chlorhexidine and Cetrimide Irrigation
Solution if you are allergic (hypersensitive) to
chlorhexidine acetate or any of the other ingredients of
Chlorhexidine for Irrigation (see section 6).

What is in this leaflet:
1. What Chlorhexidine and Cetrimide Irrigation
Solution is and what it is used for
2. What you need to know before you use
Chlorhexidine and Cetrimide Irrigation Solution
3. How to use Chlorhexidine and Cetrimide Irrigation
Solution
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Chlorhexidine and Cetrimide
Irrigation Solution
6. Contents of the pack and other information

Warnings and precautions
• Chlorhexidine and Cetrimide Irrigation Solution
may in rare cases cause severe allergic reactions,
leading to a drop in blood pressure and even to
unconsciousness, which can be fatal. Early symptoms
of a severe allergic reaction may be skin rash or
asthma. If you notice these symptoms, stop using
Chlorhexidine for Irrigation and contact your doctor
as soon as possible (see under section 4: "Possible
side effects").
• Use with care when this medicine is used to clean
the skin, before an operation for your face or head
Children
• Use with care in newborn babies, especially those
born prematurely. Chlorhexidine and Cetrimide
Irrigation Solution may cause chemical skin burns.
Your doctor will not use
Chlorhexidine and Cetrimide
Irrigation Solution if any of the
above apply.

1. What Chlorhexidine and Cetrimide
Irrigation Solution is and what it is
used for
Chlorhexidine and Cetrimide Irrigation Solution
contains medicines called chlorhexidine acetate and
cetrimide. These belong to a group of medicines called
‘antiseptics’, which are used to kill bacteria.

If you are not sure talk to your
doctor, nurse or pharmacist
before using Chlorhexidine and
Cetrimide Irrigation Solution.

Chlorhexidine and Cetrimide Irrigation Solution is used:
• for cleaning (irrigating) the skin
• for wound and burn cleaning (irrigation).

Your doctor will take special care
when giving you Chlorhexidine
and Cetrimide Irrigation Solution.
If you have had a reaction to any
of the ingredients.

2. What you need to know before you use
Chlorhexidine and Cetrimide Irrigation
Solution
Your doctor will not use Chlorhexidine and Cetrimide
Irrigation Solution:
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If you accidentally swallow Chlorhexidine and
Cetrimide Irrigation Solution
If Chlorhexidine and Cetrimide Irrigation Solution is
accidentally swallowed, seek medical assistance.

This solution is not for intravenous administration and
must not be taken orally.
Chlorhexidine and Cetrimide Irrigation Solution contains:
• Sunset yellow (E110) may cause allergic reactions.

If you have any further questions on the use of this
medicine, ask your doctor, pharmacist or nurse.

Other medicines and Chlorhexidine and Cetrimide
Irrigation Solution
Tell your doctor, nurse or pharmacist if you are taking
or have recently taken any other medicines, including
medicines you obtained without a prescription.

4. Possible Side Effects
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects,
although not everybody gets them. The following side
effects may happen with this medicine.

The following may affect the way Chlorhexidine and
Cetrimide Irrigation Solution works:
• alkaline pH, organic matter
• detergents (soaps) or blood. Chlorhexidine for
Irrigation will not work properly if it come into contact
with these
• tannins (from some plants).

If you experience any of the following reactions stop
using Chlorhexidine and Cetrimide Irrigation Solution
and get immediate medical help: swelling of the face,
lips, tongue or throat; a red itchy skin rash; wheezing
or difficulty breathing; feeling faint and dizzy; a strange
metallic taste in the mouth; collapse. You may be having
an allergic reaction. Fatal anaphylactic reaction has
been reported.

Pregnancy and breast-feeding and fertility
If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, think you may be
pregnant or are planning to have a baby, ask your doctor
or pharmacist for advice before using this medicine.
They will advise if you can have this treatment.

Other possible side effects
Very occasionally the following may be seen:
• low blood pressure (hypotension)
• tingling sensations In your skin (paraesthesia)
• difficulty breathing
• increased heart rate
• cold sweats
• reddening or itching of your skin
• loss of consciousness.
• pain
• blood in your urine or an increased urge to urinate.
• rash
• coughing or wheezing (Bronchospasm)
• heart stops pumping (cardiac arrest)
• blood vessels stop working properly (circulatory
collapse)
• shock

Driving and using machines
Chlorhexidine for Irrigation has little or no affect on
your ability to drive or use machines. Please tell your
doctor and they will advise you if you can drive or use
machines.

3. How to use Chlorhexidine and
Cetrimide Irrigation Solution
Chlorhexidine and Cetrimide Irrigation Solution may be
used by a doctor or nurse, or you may use the solution
yourself. Only use if the solution is clear and the seal is
intact.
Always use this medicine exactly as your doctor or
pharmacist has told you. Check with your doctor or
pharmacist if you are not sure.

Additional side effects in children
• Chemical burns

The usual dose
Your doctor will decide how much you will need and for
how long it will be used. Your age, weight and clinical
condition will be taken into account.

If you develop a rash or your skin becomes itchy, red,
dry or inflamed where you have used the product as
a skin wash, stop using it and talk to your doctor or
pharmacist.

The solution must be used undiluted and is for topical
application. This means that it is for cleaning (irrigation)
of your skin outside of your body.
If you have more Chlorhexidine and Cetrimide
Irrigation Solution than you should
It is unlikely that you will have or use more
Chlorhexidine and Cetrimide Irrigation Solution than you
should.
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Marketing Authorisation Holder and Manufacturer

Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or
pharmacist or nurse. This includes any possible side
effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also report side
effects directly via the national reporting system listed
below . By reporting side effects you can help provide
more information on the safety of this medicine.

The Marketing Authorisation Holder is
Baxter Healthcare Ltd
Caxton Way
Thetford
Norfolk
IP24 3SE
United Kingdom

United Kingdom:
Via the Yellow Card Scheme at:
www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard

Send all enquiries to this address.
Chlorhexidine and Cetrimide Irrigation Solution is made
at the above address.

5. How to store Chlorhexidine and
Cetrimide Irrigation Solution

This leaflet was last revised in August 2016

For information about Chlorhexidine
and Cetrimide Irrigation Solution
or to request this leaflet in formats
such as audio or large print please
contact the Marketing Authorisation
Holder: Tel: +44(0)1635 206345.

Keep this medicine out of the sight and reach of children.
Make sure that the product is stored and disposed of
correctly and not used after the expiry date stated on
the product. The storage conditions, should you need
them, are given below.
• Do not store above 25˚C and protect from light
• Do not use this medicine after the expiry date which
is stated on the label after EXPIRY. The expiry date
refers to the last day of that month.
• Do not use this medicine if the container is damaged
or the solution is not clear.
• Once opened: use immediately.
The solution should only be used once. Any leftover
solution should be discarded. Do not throw away any
medicine via wastewater or household waste. Ask
your pharmacist how to throw away medicines you no
longer use. These measures will help to protect the
environment.

Baxter is a trademark of Baxter International Inc.

6. Contents of the pack and other
information
This leaflet does not contain all the information about
this medicine. If you have any questions or are not sure
about anything, ask your doctor, nurse or pharmacist.
What Chlorhexidine and Cetrimide Irrigation Solution
contains
The active substances are chlorhexidine acetate 0.15 g
and cetrimide 1.5 g in each 1000 ml.
The other ingredients are Sunset yellow (E110) 8.0 mg
in each 1000 ml, acetic acid and sterile water (called
‘water for injections’).
What Chlorhexidine and Cetrimide Irrigation Solution
looks like and contents of the pack
It is supplied as a clear, yellow solution for irrigation in a
500 ml or 1000 ml plastic bottle.
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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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