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The proper way to use

It is very important that you use this medicine only as directed. Do not use more of it, do not use it more often, and do not use it for a longer time than your doctor ordered. To do so may cause irritation of the skin.

Chlorhexidine should only be used on the skin. Do not swallow it or use it in the eyes, ears, mouth, nose, genital area (sex organs), or anal area.

Follow your doctor's instructions about how to clean and care for your skin before and after you use this medicine. Make sure you understand all of the directions, and ask questions if you find something is not clear.

If the medicine contains alcohol, avoid putting it on hairy areas of the body. Use it in a well-ventilated place. Do not use it near a fire, an electrical device, or if you are smoking.

  • To use this medicine as a wound cleanser and general skin cleanser:
    • Rinse the area to be cleaned with water.
    • Apply the smallest amount of chlorhexidine needed to cover the skin or wound area and wash gently.
    • Thoroughly rinse the area again with water.


The dose of this medicine will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor's orders or the directions on the label. The following information includes only the average doses of this medicine. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.

The amount of medicine that you take depends on the strength of the medicine. Also, the number of doses you take each day, the time allowed between doses, and the length of time you take the medicine depend on the medical problem for which you are using the medicine.

  • For topical dosage form (solution):
    • For cleaning the skin or wounds:
      • Adults and children 2 months of age and older—Use when necessary, according to the directions on the label or your doctor's instructions.
      • Children under 2 months of age—Use is not recommended.


Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Keep from freezing.

Ask your healthcare professional how you should dispose of any medicine you do not use.

Keep out of the reach of children.

Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.