GENERIC NAME: HEXACHLOROPHENE CLEANSER - TOPICAL (HEX-a-KLOR-oh-feen)
BRAND NAME(S): Phisohex, Septisol
USES: This medication is a skin cleanser that kills certain types of bacteria (e.g., staph). It is used to help prevent passing germs to others.
HOW TO USE: Wet hands with water and apply a small amount (about 1 teaspoon or 5 milliliters) on the palm of the hand. Work into a lather with water and wash the affected area with the lather as directed by your doctor. Immediately rinse the area well after washing, especially if washing genital or anal areas.This medication should be used on normal skin only. Do not use on red/broken/cut/irritated/scraped/burned skin. Be careful to avoid your eyes. If contact occurs, flush the eyes well with cool water. Do not use on mucous membranes (inside nose/mouth/vagina/anus/rectum). This cleanser should not be used regularly to wash the entire body, especially in infants and children.Do not leave the medication on the skin. Do not cover the area with plastic or waterproof bandages.For best results, use as directed. Do not use large amounts, use more often, or keep using it for a longer time than directed. Overuse of this product can allow the medication to be absorbed into the body, possibly causing serious side effects.
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.
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