CHLORHEXIDINE 2%, 70% isopropyl alcohol, col.sol.,250ml,bot.


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15.1 - Antiseptics
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CHLORHEXIDINE 2%, 70% isopropyl alcohol

Therapeutic Action

Broad-spectrum antiseptic combining 2% chlorhexidine gluconate and 70% isopropyl alcohol.

Isopropyl alcohol (70%) ensures immediate destruction of transient, resident micro-organisms on the stratum corneum

Chlorhexidine gluconate (2%) binds to the superficial layers of epidermal cells and exerts a residual (persistent) antimicrobial effect that prevents micro-organisms from multiplying.


Antisepsis of intact skin (excluding neonates)

Instructions for use

  • The coloured solution is intended for preoperative antisepsis on intact skin (better visualisation of the application area). Before the surgical incision, make sure that there is no accumulation of solution (in the skin folds, dripping...) to avoid burns when using an electrosurgical unit.
  • Swabs/wipes are intended for antisepsis of intact skin prior to IM injection (except vaccination), IV catheter insertion, venous blood sampling, lumbar puncture or IV tubing access.

Respect the drying time of the solution before an invasive procedure (let it dry completely; do not wipe it off), which is essential for the effectiveness of the product.

Precautions for Use

Contraindicated in neonates (use the 2% chlorhexidine aqueous solution).

Do not use with soap or any other class of antiseptic, e.g. polyvidone iodine (incompatibility).

Transport Dangerous Goods

UN transport code for solution:

  • UN 1993 - Flammable liquid, n.o.s.
  • Transport Class 3 - Flammable liquids
  • Packing Group II - Substances and preparations presenting a serious toxicity hazard

UN transport code for swabs/wipes:

  • UN 3175 - Solids containing flammable liquid, n.o.s
  • Transport Class 4.1 - Flammable solids, self-reactive substances, solid desensitized explosives and polymerising substances
  • Packing Group II - Substances and preparations presenting a serious toxicity hazard
  • Not regulated in quantity of less than 10 ml


  • Below 25ºC - Protect from sunlight
  • Tightly close the bottle after each use to prevent contamination.
  • Store in a well-ventilated place.
  • Keep away from sources of ignition (flame, spark, incandescent material).

Classification according to EC Regulation num. 528/2012 (Biocidal Products)

Classification according to EC Regulation num. 1272/2008 (Classification, labelling and packaging of chemical substances and mixtures)

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H225Highly flammable liquid and vapour
H319Causes serious eye irritation
H336May cause drowsiness or dizziness
H412Harmful to aquatic life with long lasting effects