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CHLORHEXIDINE ACETATE B.P. 0.05% W/V FOR IRRIGATION

Active substance(s): CHLORHEXIDINE ACETATE

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PACKAGE LEAFLET: INFORMATION FOR THE USER
Chlorhexidine Acetate BP 0.05% for Irrigation
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you are given this
medicine.
• Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
• If you have any further questions, ask your doctor, nurse or
pharmacist.
• This medicine has been prescribed for you. Do not pass it on to
others. It may harm them, even if their symptoms are the same
as yours.
• If any of the side effects gets serious, or if you notice any side
effects not listed in this leaflet, please tell your doctor, nurse or
pharmacist.
Throughout this leaflet, Chlorhexidine Acetate BP 0.05% for Irrigation
will be called Chlorhexidine for Irrigation.

If you are not sure if this applies to you, talk to your doctor, nurse or
pharmacist before having Chlorhexidine for Irrigation.
Using other medicines
Tell your doctor, nurse or pharmacist if you are taking or have
recently taken any other medicines, including medicines you
obtained without a prescription.
The following may affect the way Chlorhexidine for Irrigation 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).
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, please tell your doctor. They
will advise if you can have this treatment.
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.

In this leaflet:
1. What Chlorhexidine for Irrigation is and what it is used for
2. Before Chlorhexidine for Irrigation is used
3. How Chlorhexidine for Irrigation is used
4. Possible side effects
5. How Chlorhexidine for Irrigation is stored
6. Further information

3. How Chlorhexidine for Irrigation is used
Chlorhexidine for Irrigation may be used by a doctor or nurse, or in
some cases you may use the solution yourself.
The usual dose
• Your doctor will decide how much you will need and for how long
it will be used
• 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 for Irrigation Solution than you
should
It is unlikely that you will be have or use more Chlorhexidine for
Irrigation than you should.
If you accidentally swallow Chlorhexidine for Irrigation
If Chlorhexidine for Irrigation is accidentally swallowed, this can be
treated with a stomach wash made up of milk, egg white, gelatine or
mild soap.

1. What Chlorhexidine for Irrigation is and what it is
used for
Chlorhexidine for Irrigation contains a medicine called chlorhexidine
acetate. This belongs to a group of medicines called ‘antiseptics’,
which are used to kill bacteria.
Chlorhexidine for Irrigation is used:
• for cleaning (irrigating) the skin
• for wound and burn cleaning (irrigation)
• as a disinfectant for respirators.

2. Before Chlorhexidine for Irrigation is used
Your doctor will not use Chlorhexidine for Irrigation:
• 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.
Your doctor will not use Chlorhexidine for Irrigation if any of
the above apply. If you are not sure talk to your doctor, nurse or
pharmacist before having Chlorhexidine for Irrigation.
Your doctor will take special care when giving you Chlorhexidine
for Irrigation if:
• you are have had a reaction to Chlorhexidine for Irrigation in the
past.

4. Possible Side Effects
Like all medicines, Chlorhexidine for Irrigation can cause side
effects, although not everybody gets them. The following side effects
may happen with this medicine.
Tell your doctor, nurse or pharmacist straight away if you notice
any of the following side effects:
• allergic reaction. The signs of this may include eczema, rash, and
itching. If you have a reaction to the medicine, it will be stopped.

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For information about Chlorhexidine for
Irrigation or to request this leaflet in formats
such as audio or large print please contact the
Marketing Authorisation Holder:
Tel: 01635 206345.

Other possible side effects
Very occasionally the following may be seen:
• low blood pressure (hypotension)
• tingling sensations in your skin (paraesthesia)
• cold sweats
• reddening or itching of your skin
• loss of consciousness
• pain
• blood in your urine or an increase the urge to urinate.
If any of the side effects gets serious, or if you notice any side
effects not listed in this leaflet, please tell your doctor or nurse
straight away.

Baxter is a registered trademark of Baxter International Inc.

5. How Chlorhexidine for Irrigation is stored
Keep out of the reach and sight 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 25ºC and protect from light
• Do not use Chlorhexidine for Irrigation after the expiry date
which is stated on the label after EXPIRY. The expiry date refers
to the last day of that month
• Chlorhexidine for Irrigation must not be used if the container is
damaged or the solution is not clear.
The solution should only be used once. Any left over solution should
be discarded.

6. Further Information
This leaflet does not contain all the information about this medicine.
If you have any questions or are not sure about any thing, ask your
doctor, nurse or pharmacist.
What Chlorhexidine for Irrigation contains
The active substances are chlorhexidine acetate 0.495 g in each
1000 ml.
The other ingredients are acetic acid and sterile water (called ‘water
for injections’).
What Chlorhexidine for Irrigation looks like and contents of the
pack
It is supplied as a clear, colourless solution for irrigation in a 500 or
1000 ml plastic bottle.
Marketing Authorisation Holder and Manufacturers
The Marketing Authorisation holder is:
Baxter Healthcare Ltd
Caxton Way
Thetford
Norfolk
IP24 3SE
United Kingdom
Send all enquires to this address.
Chlorhexidine for Irrigation is made at the above address.
01/2013
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