what is hibiclens used for?
Hibiclens is an over the counter medicine used as a preoperative Cleanser and Antiseptic. Hibiclens may be used alone or with other medications.
Hibiclens belongs to a class of drugs called Topical Antimicrobials.
It is not known if Hibiclens is safe and effective in children.
Hibiclens may cause serious side effects including:
Get medical help right away, if you have any of the symptoms listed above.
The most common side effects of Hibiclens include:
Tell the doctor if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away.
These are not all the possible side effects of Hibiclens. For more information, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Generic name: chlorhexidine topical Brand names: Betasept, Biopatch, Calgon Vesta, ChloraPrep One-Step, Dyna-Hex, ... show all 9 brands Hibiclens, Hibistat Towelette, Scrub Care Exidine, Spectrum-4 Drug classes: Antiseptic and germicides, Mouth and throat products
Medically reviewed by Drugs.com on Nov 11, 2022. Written by Cerner Multum.
Chlorhexidine is an antiseptic that fights bacteria.
Hibiclens (for the skin) is used to clean the skin to prevent infection that may be caused by surgery, injection, or skin injury.
Hibiclens may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Chlorhexidine can cause a rare but serious allergic reaction that may be life-threatening. Get emergency medical help if you have: hives, severe skin rash; wheezing, difficult breathing; cold sweats, severe dizziness; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
You should not use Hibiclens if you are allergic to it.
Ask a doctor or pharmacist if it is safe for you to use Hibiclens if you have any allergies to food, dyes, animals, or medicines.
It is not known whether Hibiclens will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant.
It is not known whether chlorhexidine topical passes into breast milk or if it could affect the nursing baby. Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding.
Be very careful when using Hibiclens on a child younger than 2 months old. This medicine may cause severe irritation or chemical burns on a very young child.
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.
Do not take by mouth. Hibiclens is for use only on the skin.
Rinse the skin before applying Hibiclens. Apply only enough medicine to cover the area you are treating. Do not apply this medicine to deep cuts, scrapes, or open skin wounds.
To use Hibiclens 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.
This medicine is made under sterile conditions, but its contents are not sterilized. It is possible for bacteria to get inside the product and contaminate it, which could spread infection. To avoid contaminating your medicine with bacteria:
Call your doctor if your symptoms do not improve, or if they get worse while using Hibiclens.
Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Do not freeze. Keep the bottle tightly closed when not in use.
If this medicine is packaged in a single-use foil wrapper or other container, use it only once. Throw away after one use, even if there is still medicine left in it. Do not save for later use.
Use the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
An overdose of Hibiclens is not expected to be dangerous. Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222 if anyone has accidentally swallowed the medication.
Avoid getting Hibiclens in your eyes, ears, nose, mouth, rectum, or vagina. If this does happen, rinse with water.
Avoid using other medicines on the areas you treat with Hibiclens unless your doctor tells you to.
Avoid getting this medicine on your clothing or other fabrics. Do not use bleach to wash any fabric exposed to chlorhexidine or the medicine may cause a permanent stain.
Chlorhexidine can cause a rare but serious allergic reaction that may be life-threatening. Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives, severe skin rash; wheezing, difficult breathing; cold sweats, severe dizziness; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Hibiclens may cause serious side effects. Stop using Hibiclens and call your doctor at once if you have:
Less serious side effects are more likely, and you may have none at all.
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.
It is not likely that other drugs you take orally or inject will have an effect on topically applied chlorhexidine. But many drugs can interact with each other. Tell each of your health care providers about all medicines you use, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.
Hibiclens is a skin cleanser that kills germs for up to 24 hours after you use it (see Figure 1). It contains a strong antiseptic (liquid used to kill germs and bacteria) called chlorhexidine gluconate (CHG). You can buy Hibiclens at your local pharmacy or online.