pHisoHex

Medical Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP Last updated on RxList: 8/12/2021
pHisoHex Side Effects Center

What Is pHisoHex?

pHisoHex (hexachlorophene detergent) is a skin cleanser that kills certain types of bacteria (e.g., staph). pHisoHex is an antibacterial sudsing emulsion used to help prevent passing germs to others. Many people have no side effects from the use of pHisoHex.

What Are Side Effects of pHisoHex?

Common side effectsof pHisoHex include:

  • skin reactions such as redness,
  • dryness,
  • scaling,
  • skin sensitivity to light, or
  • skin swelling.

Long/hard rubbing or exposure to heat or cold may worsen these side effects.

Dosage for pHisoHex

The recommended dose of pHisoHex is 5 mL dispensed into the palm. Lather with water and apply to area to be cleansed.

What Drugs, Substances, or Supplements Interact with pHisoHex?

pHisoHex may interact with skin products containing alcohol. Tell your doctor all medications and supplements you use.

pHisoHex During Pregnancy or Breastfeeding

During pregnancy, pHisoHex should be used only when prescribed. It is unknown if this drug passes into breast milk and could have undesirable effects on a nursing infant. Breastfeeding is not recommended while using this drug.

Additional Information

Our pHisoHex (hexachlorophene detergent) Side Effects Drug Center provides a comprehensive view of available drug information on the potential side effects when taking this medication.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

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pHisoHex Consumer Information
SIDE EFFECTS: Skin reactions including redness, dryness, and scaling may occur. Long/hard rubbing or exposure to heat or cold may worsen these effects. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.

If your doctor has directed you to use this medication, remember that he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.

Tell your doctor immediately if any of these rare but very serious side effects occur: mental/mood changes (e.g., agitation, extreme sleepiness), skin infection (e.g., warm/red/itchy skin, swelling, pus), stiff muscles, muscle spasms, difficulty moving/walking, seizures.

A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.

This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

In the US -

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.

Read the entire patient information overview for pHisoHex (Hexachlorophene)

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SIDE EFFECTS

Adverse reactions to pHisoHex may include dermatitis and photosensitivity. Sensitivity to hexachlorophene is rare; however, persons who have developed photoallergy to similar compounds also may become sensitive to hexachlorophene.

In persons with highly sensitive skin the use of pHisoHex may at times produce a reaction characterized by redness and/or mild scaling or dryness, especially when it is combined with such mechanical factors as excessive rubbing or exposure to heat or cold.

Read the entire FDA prescribing information for pHisoHex (Hexachlorophene)

© pHisoHex Patient Information is supplied by Cerner Multum, Inc. and pHisoHex Consumer information is supplied by First Databank, Inc., used under license and subject to their respective copyrights.

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