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Periochip Patient Information including How Should I Take
In this Article
- What is chlorhexidine topical (Periochip)?
- What are the possible side effects of chlorhexidine topical?
- What is the most important information I should know about chlorhexidine topical?
- What should I discuss with my health are provider before using chlorhexidine topical?
- How should I use chlorhexidine topical?
- What happens if I miss a dose?
- What happens if I overdose?
- What should I avoid while using chlorhexidine topical?
- What other drugs will affect chlorhexidine topical?
- Where can I get more information?
What should I discuss with my health are provider before using chlorhexidine topical?
You should not use chlorhexidine topical if you are allergic to it.
Ask a doctor or pharmacist if it is safe for you to use this medicine if you have any allergies to food, dyes, animals, or medicines.
FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether chlorhexidine topical will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medication.
It is not known whether chlorhexidine topical passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not breast-feed if you are using this medicine to treat a skin condition in the breast area.
Chlorhexidine topical should not be used on a child younger than 2 months old.
How should I use chlorhexidine topical?
Use exactly as directed on the label, or as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.
Rinse the skin before applying chlorhexidine topical gel or dressing. Apply only enough to cover the area you are treating.
To use chlorhexidine topical soap, apply only enough to cover the area you are treating. Wash the area gently, then rinse thoroughly with plain water. Avoid using over large areas of skin.
Do not apply this medication to deep cuts, scrapes, or open skin wounds. Chlorhexidine topical can also be harmful if it gets in your eyes, ears, mouth, nose, rectum, or vagina.
Call your doctor if your symptoms do not improve, or if they get worse while using chlorhexidine topical.
Some forms of this medicine are flammable. Do not use while you are smoking, or near high heat or open flame.
Store at room temperature away from moisture, heat, and light. Do not freeze. Keep the bottle tightly closed when not in use.
Additional Periochip Information
Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
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