Hibiclens

(chlorhexidine)

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Cleans wounds and gets rid of bacteria on the skin.

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Hibiclens (chlorhexidine) is a good antiseptic for cleaning minor wounds on the skin, but should not be used on deep wounds.

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Quick facts about Hibiclens
  • Drug class: dermatologic
  • Rx status: Over-the-counter
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (chlorhexidine)

Upsides

  • Hibiclens (chlorhexidine) is available OTC and is inexpensive.
  • Great for killing bacteria on the skin that might cause disease.
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Downsides

  • If Hibiclens (chlorhexidine) gets into your eyes or ears, it can cause serious and permanent damage.
  • Can't be used on head or face.
  • Can't be used on deep or serious wounds.
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Hibiclens (chlorhexidine) is a polybiguanide. It can stop bacteria from growing and kills bacteria.

Quick facts about Hibiclens
  • Drug class: dermatologic
  • Rx status: Over-the-counter
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (chlorhexidine)

Used for

  • Skin cleansing

Dosage forms

  • Topical solution
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What to expect when you take Hibiclens (chlorhexidine) for Antibacterial skin cleanser

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Risks and Warnings for Hibiclens (chlorhexidine)

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  • If your skin becomes red and irritated after use and this lasts for 72 hours, stop using it and talk to your doctor.