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Chlorhexidine Irrigation Solution

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Generic Name: chlorhexidine gluconate
Product Name: Chlorhexidine Irrigation Solution

Indication: What Chlorhexidine Irrigation Solution is used for

Your doctor or nurse will use Chlorhexidine Irrigation Solution for cleansing and irrigating the skin or wounds, or to prepare your body before using a special tube to drain the bladder (catheter). It contains antiseptics that will help prevent infection.

Action: How Chlorhexidine Irrigation Solution works

Chlorhexidine is an antiseptic and disinfectant which is effective against a wide range of vegetative Grampositive and Gram-negative organisms, some viruses and some fungi. It is ineffective against bacterial spores at room temperature, and acid-fast bacteria are inhibited but not killed. It is more active against Gram-positive than Gram-negative bacteria and some species of Pseudomonas and Proteus are relatively less susceptible. Chlorhexidine is most active at a neutral or slightly acid pH and its activity may be reduced by blood and other organic matter.

Chlorhexidine Irrigation Solution comes in two different strengths (0.1%w/v and 0.2%w/v) and contains chlorhexidine gluconate solution and the colouring agent methylene blue. Chlorhexidine Irrigation Solution 0.1% w/v also contains octoxinol 8. These ingredients are in water for injections.

Dose advice: How to use Chlorhexidine Irrigation Solution

Before you use Chlorhexidine Irrigation Solution

Do not use it after the expiry date (EXP) printed on the label.

It may have no effect at all, or worse, an entirely unexpected effect if you use it after the expiry date.

Do not use Chlorhexidine Irrigation Solution if the packaging is torn or shows signs of tampering.

You must tell your doctor if you have allergies to:

  • Chlorhexidine;
  • Any of the ingredients listed here;
  • Any other substances, such as foods, preservatives or dyes.

If you have an allergic reaction, you may get a skin rash.

Before any Chlorhexidine Irrigation Solution is used please tell your doctor about any of these things and anything else which you feel is important.

How Chlorhexidine Irrigation Solution is used

Your doctor or nurse will normally use the irrigation to wash and clean your skin or wounds, or to clean your genital area before a special tube called a catheter is used to drain your bladder. It is for external use only and should not be injected or swallowed. It should not be used in the eyes or ears.

Your doctor or nurse will decide how much of the irrigation to use which will be sufficient for your needs. As each irrigation is sterile, your doctor will use a new solution each time.

If you are given this product to use at home it must be used as directed by your doctor or nurse. Rinse the area to be cleaned with water, then use the smallest amount of irrigation to gently wash the area. Rinse again with water thoroughly. Use a new solution each time.

Your doctor or nurse will be happy to discuss the way the Chlorhexidine Irrigation Solution will be used.


As your doctor or nurse will administer this irrigation, they will use the correct amount. As it is for external use only, it is unlikely an overdose will occur.

Immediately telephone your doctor or go to your nearest hospital emergency department if you think that someone may have drunk Chlorhexidine Irrigation Solution or if it has been put into the eyes or ears, even if there are no signs of discomfort or poisoning.


If you have this product at home, it should be kept in the original container, in a safe place, out of reach of children.

A locked cupboard at least one and a half metres above the ground is a good place to store medicines.

Chlorhexidine Irrigation Solution should be stored below 25°C and protected from light.

Do not leave Chlorhexidine Irrigation Solution in the car on hot days.


Do not exceed the stated expiry date printed on the label.

Schedule of Chlorhexidine Irrigation Solution

Chlorhexidine Irrigation Solution is an unscheduled medicine.

Side effects of Chlorhexidine Irrigation Solution

Chlorhexidine Irrigation Solution helps most people when used for washing and cleansing the skin or wounds, but it may have some unwanted side-effects in a few people.

All medicines can have side effects. Sometimes they are serious, most of the time they are not. You may need medical treatment if you get some of the side effects.

Tell your doctor if you experience a skin rash or reaction.

If you get a skin rash it may be because you have had an allergic reaction to the irrigation. If this is the case, you should no longer use this irrigation.

Tell your doctor, nurse or pharmacist as soon as possible if you have any allergic reaction, notice any blood in the urine or feel anything unusual during or after Chlorhexidine Irrigation Solution has been used.


  1. Chlorhexidine Irrigation Solution Consumer Medicine Information (CMI).  West Ryde, NSW:  Pfizer Australia Pty Ltd. July 2016. [PDF]
  2. Chlorhexidine Irrigation Solution Product Information (PI). West Ryde, NSW:  Pfizer Australia Pty Ltd. July 2016. [PDF]

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Posted On: 22 July, 2003
Modified On: 13 October, 2017
Reviewed On: 1 October, 2017

Created by: myVMC