Antibacterial cleanser (On the skin)

Introduction

Kills bacteria on your skin.

Brand Name(s)

Active-Medicated Specimen Collection Kit, Acu-Dyne Skin Cleanser, Alco-Gel, Alcohol Prep, Alcohol Prep Pads, Alcohol Spray, Alcohol Swabs, AmeriWash, Antiseptic I.V. Prep, Aplicare Antibacterial, Aplicare Antiseptic Chlorhexidine Gluconate, Aplicare Antiseptic Gel Hand Rinse, Aplicare Antiseptic Perineal Wash, Aplicare Iodophor PVP Prep, Aplicare Isopropyl Alcohol

When This Medicine Should Not Be Used

How to Use This Medicine

Lotion, Sheet, Gel/Jelly, Liquid, Swab, Spray, Foam, Soap, Pad

  • Follow the instructions on the medicine label if you are using this medicine without a prescription.
  • PHisoHex® (hexachlorophene) cleanser is a surgical scrub and should not be used on skin that is broken or burned. Wash your skin thoroughly and rinse very well with water. Follow your doctor's instructions about how and where to use this cleanser very carefully.
  • Chlorostat® (chlorhexidine) cleanser can be used to clean minor skin wounds. Wash gently and rinse thoroughly.
  • Many of the over-the-counter antibacterial pads, gels, lotions, and foams contain alcohol. They kill germs without having to rinse your skin with water. Follow the directions on the package for best results.
  • Different forms of the cleansers are used in different ways. Be sure you understand all the directions before you use them. Ask a pharmacist if you have any questions.
  • If the cleanser contains alcohol, you should not use it near a fire, electrical device, or if you are smoking.

How to Store and Dispose of This Medicine

  • Store the cleanser in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat and direct light.
  • Keep all medicines and cleansers away from children and pets.

Drugs and Foods to Avoid

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

Warnings While Using This Medicine

  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breast feeding. Tell your doctor if you have had a reaction to a topical antibacterial cleanser in the past.
  • This medicine may make your skin more sensitive to sunlight. Wear sunscreen. Do not use sunlamps or tanning beds.

Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

  • Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing
  • Anxiety, nervousness, or agitation.
  • Cramps, vomiting, or loss of appetite.
  • Muscle spasms, or seizures.

If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:

  • Burning, itching, or dry skin.
  • Redness, dryness, or peeling of treated skin areas.

If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088

Version Info

  • Last reviewed on 12/4/2015

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