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Generic name: sodium hypochlorite topical [SOE-dee-um-HYE-poe-KLOR-ite]
Brand names: Anasept, Anasept Cleanser, Dakins Full Strength Solution (DFSS), Di-Dak-Sol and Hysept.
The class of drugs: antiseptics and germicides

What is Anasept?

Anasept can be described as one of the anti-microbials that combat bacteria.Anasept is a medication used to treat or prevent infections that are caused by abrasions or cuts, burns to the skin, pressure ulcers, diabetic foot ulcers, or surgical intervention.Anasept is also used for reasons not mentioned in this guideline.

Side effects of Anasept

Contact a medical professional immediately. If you experience any of the following symptoms that indicate an allergic reaction, difficulty breathing and swelling of your lips, face, or tongue.

Anasept may cause serious side effects. Stop taking Anasept and consult your physician immediately if you experience:

  • Extreme redness or irritation on treated skin
  • No improvement in your skin condition;
  • New or worsening pains or swelling.

This list does not constitute a comprehensive overview of possible side effects.Others could happen. Contact your doctor for advice regarding medical effects. You can report any adverse reactions to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.


You shouldn't use Anasept if you are hypersensitive to chlorine-based products (such as bleach).

Before you take this drug

You shouldn't use Anasept in case you have an allergy to it or it is a trigger for chlorine-based chemicals (such as bleach).FDA classification for pregnant women: It's not clear whether Anasept could cause harm to a newborn baby. Consult a medical provider immediately if you suspect pregnancy.It isn't known if the sodium hypochlorite topical is absorbed by breast milk or whether it can harm the baby who is nursing. Consult your physician if you are nursing babies.

How to take Anasept?

Follow all the instructions on the prescription label. Don't use Anasept in greater or less quantities or for a longer period than prescribed.Pour or apply this medication to the affected area.To treat a wound on the skin or ulcer, apply Anasept by placing it on the wound. You can also soak a gauze dressing, then apply the gauze dressing to the wound. Follow the directions of your physician on how long you should leave the gauze over the wound.It is possible to apply petroleum jelly (vaseline) to the skin around the wound in your skin or region to stop the drug from contaminating healthy skin.Keep at room temperature, far from heat, moisture, and light. Don't freeze. Make sure the bottle is tightly sealed when not being used.

What happens if I miss the dose?

Take the dose you missed when you remember. Do not take any missed doses if you are close to the time for the next dose. Don't use any extra medicine to replace the missed dose.

What happens if I overdose?

An overdose of Anasept should not be thought to be dangerous. Get medical attention immediately, or contact the poison help line at 1-800-222-1222, in the event that someone has swallowed the drug accidentally.

What should be avoided?

Do not get Anasept on clothing or your bed linens. Anasept can bleach fabric.

Interaction with other drugs

It's not likely that other medications you take in the form of injections or orally can affect the sodium hypochlorite that you apply topically. However, many medications can interact with each other. Be sure to inform your health care professionals about any medications you take, including prescription and non-prescription drugs, vitamins, and herbal supplements.