Peridex | Chlorhexidine Gluconate Rinse while Breastfeeding

Most health expert recommend six month of exclusive breastfeeding but statics suggest that numbers are not good, almost 95% mothers start breastfeeding but this number drops to 40% in first three month and further it drops to 15% till fifth month. Sometime its due to need of medication usage. Because of these statics its important to provide good information on safety of drugs in breastfeeding so that it can be improved when possible. In this FAQ sheet we will discuss about exposure to Peridex | Chlorhexidine Gluconate Rinse while breastfeeding. We will also discuss about common side effects and warnings associated with Peridex | Chlorhexidine Gluconate Rinse.

What is Peridex | Chlorhexidine Gluconate Rinse used for?

Peridex is indicated for use between dental visits as part of a professional program for the treatment of gingivitis as characterized by redness and swelling of the gingivae, including gingival bleeding upon probing. Peridex has not been tested among patients with acute necrotizing ulcerative gingivitis (ANUG). For patients having coexisting gingivitis and periodontitis, see PRECAUTIONS.

What are the risk associated with Peridex | Chlorhexidine Gluconate Rinse usage while breastfeeding? What precautions shall I take while using it in breastfeeding?

Peridex | Chlorhexidine Gluconate Rinse safe for breastfeeding
Active ingredient in Peridex | Chlorhexidine Gluconate Rinse is Chlorhexidine gluconate and based on our analysis of Chlorhexidine gluconate it appears that using Peridex | Chlorhexidine Gluconate Rinse is safe in breastfeeding. Below is analysis of Chlorhexidine gluconate while breastfeeding.

Statement of Manufacturer/Labeler about breastfeeding usage
Nursing Mothers It is not known whether this drug is excreted in human milk. Because many drugs are excreted in human milk, caution should be exercised when Peridex is administered to nursing women. In parturition and lactation studies with rats, no evidence of impaired parturition or of toxic effects to suckling pups was observed when chlorhexidine gluconate was administered to dams at doses that were over 100 times greater than that which would result from a person's ingesting 30ml (2 capfuls) of Peridex per day.

Peridex | Chlorhexidine Gluconate Rinse Breastfeeding Analsys

Chlorhexidine gluconate while Breastfeeding


Iodine-free disinfectant which is widely use for skin, mouth, and, obstetric disinfection. It is preferred over iodine-based disinfectants in order to avoid high iodine exposure to the child in the neonatal and breastfeeding period that would pose a higher risk for thyroid dysfunction. Because of pharmacokinetic data (high molecular weight, high capacity for serum protein-binding and poor oral or gut absorption) significant excretion into breast milk is unlikely. Used for obstetrical purposes (vaginal or C-section wounds) even during birth or in the puerperal period, has failed to cause harm neither to the newborn nor the breastfed child. Although use in the nipple may not cause troubles to the breastfed infant (except one reported case in 1989) it is not considered to be a justified practice for prevention of mastitis. Any way, it is preferred to avoid use on the nipple, at least on a long-term basis. If used, wash the nipple thoroughly before nursing. List of Essential Medicines by WHO 2002: compatible with breastfeeding.

Peridex | Chlorhexidine Gluconate Rinse Breastfeeding Analsys - 2

Chlorhexidine gluconate while Breastfeeding

CAS Number: 55-56-1

Chlorhexidine has been used vaginally or topically on the abdomen or perineum prior to delivery to prevent infection. No toxicity has been reported in breastfed infants and it has clearly less toxicity compared to povidone-iodine in these situations. Topical application of chlorhexidine to the breast before and after nursing did not appear to adversely affect the breastfed infants in one study. Use of chlorhexidine oral rinse by a nursing mother is unlikely to adversely affect her infant.

Peridex | Chlorhexidine Gluconate Rinse and breastfeeding

What should I do if already breastfed my kid after using Peridex | Chlorhexidine Gluconate Rinse?

As usage of Peridex | Chlorhexidine Gluconate Rinse is mostly safe while breastfeeding hence there should not be any concern. In case of any change in behavior or health of your baby you should inform your health care provider about usage of Peridex | Chlorhexidine Gluconate Rinse else no further action is required.

I am nursing mother and my doctor has suggested me to use Peridex | Chlorhexidine Gluconate Rinse, is it safe?

Usage of Peridex | Chlorhexidine Gluconate Rinse is safe for nursing mothers and baby, No worries.

If I am using Peridex | Chlorhexidine Gluconate Rinse, will my baby need extra monitoring?


Who can I talk to if I have questions about usage of Peridex | Chlorhexidine Gluconate Rinse in breastfeeding?

National Womens Health and Breastfeeding Helpline: 800-994-9662 (TDD 888-220-5446) 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday

National Breastfeeding Helpline: 0300-100-0212 9.30am to 9.30pm, daily
Association of Breastfeeding Mothers: 0300-330-5453
La Leche League: 0345-120-2918
The Breastfeeding Network supporter line in Bengali and Sylheti: 0300-456-2421
National Childbirth Trust (NCT): 0300-330-0700

National Breastfeeding Helpline: 1800-686-268 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Telehealth Ontario for breastfeeding: 1-866-797-0000 24 hours a day, 7 days a week