Peridex

Peridex™
(chlorhexidine gluconate 0.12%) Oral Rinse

DRUG DESCRIPTION

Peridex is an oral rinse containing 0.12% chlorhexidine gluconate (1, 11-hexamethylene bis [5-(p-chlorophenyl) biguanide] di-D-gluconate) in a base containing water, 11.6% alcohol, glycerin, PEG-40 sorbitan diisostearate, flavor, sodium saccharin, and FD&C Blue No. 1. Peridex oral rinse is a near-neutral solution (pH range 5-7). Chlorhexidine gluconate is a salt of chlorhexidine and gluconic acid. Its chemical structure is:

Peridex™ (chlorhexidine gluconate) Structural Formula Illustration

What are the possible side effects of chlorhexidine gluconate (Peridex, Periogard)?

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Call your doctor if you have a serious side effect such as:

  • white patches or sores inside your mouth or on your lips;
  • mouth ulcers; or
  • swelling of your salivary glands (underneath your jaws).

Less serious side effects may include:

  • mouth irritation;
  • dry mouth;
  • unusual or unpleasant taste in your mouth; or
  • decreased taste...

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Last reviewed on RxList: 1/28/2013
This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.

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