Meds and you

Updated 07 November 2013

Chlorhexidine

Chlorhexidine gluconate is one of the active ingredients found in Cathejell with Lidocaine (Nappi code: 701984).

0

Chlorhexidine gluconate is one of the active ingredients found in Cathejell with Lidocaine (Nappi code: 701984).

General information
Chlorhexidine is an anti-infective for local treatment. It is a broad-spectrum antiseptic and disinfectant used for the treatment and prevention of infections, associated with the insertion of a catheter and other intra-urethral surgical devices.

Rare systemic toxicity has been observed with prolonged use; the recommended dosage should therefore not be exceeded.

Fast facts

Drug schedule: schedule 0

Available as: chlorhexidine for intra-urethral use is available as a gell in combination with lidocaine.

What does it do? Chlorhexidine gluconate is a broad-spectrum antiseptic and disinfectant.

Overdose risk: low

Dependence risk: low

Is chlorhexidine available as a generic? no

Is chlorhexidine available on prescription only? No

User information

Onset of effect: within 2 hours

Duration of action: up to 12 hours

Stopping this medicine: this medication can be safely stopped when no longer needed.

Special precautions
Consult your doctor before using this drug if:

Pregnancy: avoid. It is unknown how this medication may affect your baby. Consult your doctor before using this drug, or if you are planning to fall pregnant.

Breastfeeding: avoid. It is unknown how this medication may affect your baby. Consult your doctor before use.

Porphyria: avoid. It is unknown how this medication may affect your condition. Consult your doctor before use.

Infants and children: this medication is safe for use in children at the recommended dose.

The elderly: no special precautions need to be taken.

Driving and hazardous work: no special precautions need to be taken.

Alcohol: no special precautions need to be taken.

Possible side effects

Side effect

Frequency

Consult your doctor

Common

Rare

Only if severe

In all cases

tissue numbness

x


x


local stinging/burning

x


x


Interactions

Drug interactions
Chlorhexidine is poorly absorbed and any interactions are unlikely at therapeutic doses.

Disease interactions
Consult your doctor before using this drug if you are allergic to chlorhexidine

Overdose action
A small overdose is no cause for concern. In case of intentional large overdose, seek emergency medical attention.

This material is not intended to substitute medical advice, but is for informational purposes only. Please consult a physician for specific treatment and recommendations.

 
 

Read Health24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.