1 What is Phisohex?

Brand: Phisohex

Generic: Hexachlorophene

Phisohex is usually used before the surgery to clean the skin and prevent the spread of infection. It is an antibacterial topical cleanser. It prevents and kills the growth of bacteria on the skin.

This medicine is available only with your doctor's prescription. This product is available in the following dosage forms:

  • Powder for Suspension
  • Liquid
  • Foam

2 What to Know Before Using

Before using Phisohex, you must know all about the risks and complications associated with it. Your doctor will consider these risks before prescribing the drug and will inform you about them.

Following factors should be considered before taking this drug:

Allergies: If you have had an allergic reaction to this drug in the past, inform your doctor. You should also tell your healthcare provider if you are allergic to any other drugs or food products.

Age-specific problems: The data regarding the effects of this medicine specific to the pediatric age group is not yet available. Its safety and efficacy have not been established in children. The studies specific to the geriatric age group have not revealed any adverse effect specific to this age group.

Drug Interactions: Certain drugs should not be used together because they can interact inside the body which can have a harmful effect. On the other hand, certain drugs are allowed to be used together.

So, you should tell your doctor about any other medications you are taking. If there is a chance of interaction between those two drugs, the doctor may change the dose or may prescribe an alternative drug.

This medication should be used cautiously with following drugs:

Furthermore, certain medications should not be taken with alcohol or tobacco, which may also result in harmful interactions. Ask your doctor about the concurrent use of this drug along with alcohol or tobacco.

You should also inform your doctor about any other medical condition you may be suffering from, especially:

  • Ichthyosis congenital (genetic skin disorder)
  • Broken or burned skin
  • Letterer-Siwe disease (a rare disease)
  • Other skin diseases—Use with caution. May increase the risk for serious side effects.

3 Proper Usage

Proper usage of Phisohex requires strict adherence to your doctor’s orders. This drug should be used exactly as prescribed by your doctor in order to avoid adverse effects.

Do not overuse or misuse this drug and do not use it longer than the recommended time. Read all the instructions mentioned in the medication guide.

This agent should only be used on the skin. Do not swallow it and don’t get it in your eyes, nose or ears. If it gets in these areas, wash them with water.

Storage: This medicine should be stored at room temperature within a closed container, away from heat, direct light, and moisture.

Keep this drug out of the reach of children. Do not store expired or outdated medicines or the medicine no longer needed.

4 Precautions to Take

Before using Phisohex, there are some precautions you must take. This drug should not be used on a regular basis for the long term. Avoid using this medicine on the large areas of the body, especially in infants. 

Talk to your doctor if your skin condition gets worse or you have any skin irritation. Your doctor will monitor the response to this medicine and look for any side effects.

Therefore, regular follow-up is necessary during and after the treatment. Contact your doctor if your symptoms have not improved even after taking the full course of treatment.

Do not use this medicine as an occlusive dressing, wet pack, lotion, or tampon. Also, using other skin products that contain alcohol may decrease the effectiveness of hexachlorophene.

5 Potential Side Effects

As with many medications, there are several potential side effects associated with Phisohex. Although these side effects may occur only in a handful of patients but if they do occur, contact your physician immediately.

This medication is associated with following side effects:

  • cracked, dry, or scaly skin
  • blistering, crusting, irritation, itching, or reddening of the skin
  • redness or other discoloration of the skin
  • increased sensitivity of the skin to sunlight
  • severe sunburn
  • swelling
  • skin rash

Get emergency help immediately if any of the following symptoms of overdose occur:

  • blurred vision
  • abdominal or stomach cramps
  • cold, clammy skin
  • decreased urination
  • confusion
  • convulsions
  • diarrhea
  • dizziness, faintness, or lightheadedness when getting up from a lying or sitting position suddenly
  • dizziness
  • dry mouth
  • fast, weak pulse
  • fainting
  • the increase in heart rate
  • loss of appetite
  • lightheadedness
  • rapid breathing
  • sweating
  • sunken eyes
  • thirst
  • vomiting
  • unusual tiredness or weakness
  • weight loss
  • wrinkled skin
  • wheezing

Seek medical help instantly, if you experience any of these symptoms while on this drug. Also contact your health care professional immediately, if have overdosed on this drug. If any of these side effects becomes more bothersome or does not go away, contact your doctor.