Antibacterial cleanser (On the skin)


Kills bacteria on your skin.

Brand Name(s)

Phisohex, Hibiclens, Hibistat, Aplicare Iodophor PVP Prep, Antiseptic I.V. Prep, Good Neighbor Alcohol Swabs, Alcohol Prep Pads, Rite Aid Isopropyl Alcohol Wipes, Alcohol Prep, Easy-Touch Alcohol Prep, Curity Alcohol Prep, Webcol Alcohol Prep, SureComfort Alcohol Prep Pads, Quality Choice Alcohol Pads, Mitosol

There may be other brand names for this medicine.

When This Medicine Should Not Be Used

You should not use this cleanser if you have had an allergic reaction to any of the ingredients. If you are not sure what the ingredients are, ask your doctor or pharmacist. This cleanser should not be used on a regular basis over large areas of your body. Do not use in your eyes, ears, mouth, nose, or genital area. This cleanser should not be used on a baby unless your doctor tells you to.

How to Use This Medicine

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

  • If you are using this medicine without a prescription, follow the instructions on the medicine label.
  • 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. Use a sunscreen when you are outdoors. Avoid sunlamps and 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 06/12/2013

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