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Sodium Hypochlorite
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Dakin's solution is used to prevent and treat skin and tissue infections that could result from cuts, scrapes and pressure sores. It is also used before and after surgery to prevent surgical wound infections.Dakin's solution is a type of hypochlorite solution. It is made from bleach that has been diluted and treated to decrease irritation. Chlorine, the active ingredient in Dakin's solution, is a strong antiseptic that kills most forms of bacteria and viruses.



 
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Sodium Hypochlorite

Uses
Dakin's solution is used to prevent and treat skin and tissue infections that could result from cuts, scrapes and pressure sores. It is also used before and after surgery to prevent surgical wound infections.Dakin's solution is a type of hypochlorite solution. It is made from bleach that has been diluted and treated to decrease irritation. Chlorine, the active ingredient in Dakin's solution, is a strong antiseptic that kills most forms of bacteria and viruses.
Notes
  • Do not share this product with others.This product may bleach clothing and other items.

Storage
  • Store at room temperature between 40-86 degrees F (8-30 degrees C) away from light and moisture.
  • This product loses its strength if frozen or stored at high temperature.
  • Keep the container tightly closed when not in use.
  • Keep all medicines and medical supplies away from children and pets.


How To Use
  • Pour or apply onto the injured area.
  • When used on wounds, Dakin's solution can be poured onto the affected area as an irrigation or cleanser.
  • It is also used to wet certain types of wound dressings (e.g., wet to moist dressing).
  • Follow your doctor's instructions exactly.The body's own wound-healing tissues and fluids can decrease the antibacterial effect of Dakin's solution.
  • Therefore, this solution is often used only once daily for minor wounds and twice daily for heavily draining or contaminated wounds.
  • Use this product as directed by your doctor.Protect the surrounding healthy skin with a moisture barrier ointment (e.g., petroleum jelly) or skin sealant as needed to prevent irritation.Inform your doctor if your condition does not improve or if it worsens.
  • Discuss other treatment options with your doctor.

Side Effects
  • Redness, irritation, swelling, and pain may occur.
  • If any of these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor or pharmacist promptly.Remember that your doctor has prescribed this product because the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects.
  • Many people using this product do not have serious side effects.A very serious allergic reaction to this product is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs.
  • Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction may include: rash, itching, swelling, severe dizziness, trouble breathing.If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Precautions
  • Before using this product, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to any chlorine compounds; or if you have any other allergies.This product is for external use only.
  • Do not swallow.
  • Do not use in eyes, ears, or nose.
  • If the solution gets into the eyes, flush the open eyes immediately with clean water for at least 15 minutes.

Missed Dose
  • Not applicable.

Drug Interactions
  • Your healthcare professionals (e.g., doctor or pharmacist) may already be aware of any possible drug interactions and may be monitoring you for it.
  • Do not start, stop or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with them first.Before using this product, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all prescription and nonprescription/herbal products you may use, especially of: other medications/products for use on the skin.

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