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PerioChip® (chlorhexidine gluconate) is a small, orange-brown, rectangular chip (rounded at one end) for insertion into periodontal pockets. Each PerioChip weighs approximately 6.9 mg and contains 2.5 mg of chlorhexidine gluconate in a biodegradable matrix of hydrolyzed gelatin (cross-linked with glutaraldehyde). PerioChip also contains glycerin and purified water.
Chlorhexidine gluconate is an antimicrobial agent. Chemically, it is designated as 1,1'-hexamethylenebis [5-(p-chlorophenyl)biguanide] di-D-gluconate, and its molecular formula is C22H30Cl2N10.2C6H12O7. The molecular weight is 897.8. The structural formula of chlorhexidine gluconate is:
What are the possible side effects of chlorhexidine topical?
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.
Stop using chlorhexidine topical and call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:
- severe burning, itching, or redness;
- blistering or peeling;
- swelling or severe skin rash; or
- any other severe irritation of treated skin.
Less serious side effects may occur, and you may have none at all.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may...
Last reviewed on RxList: 2/3/2012
This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.
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