About Instillagel Pre-filled syringes

Medication Name Instillagel Pre-filled syringes
Type and Form of Medicine Gel in pre-filled syringes
What it Does Treats genital herpes and other conditions
Active Ingredients Lidocaine hydrochloride, Chlorhexidine gluconate
Strength 2% Lidocaine, 0.25% Chlorhexidine
Size 11ml
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What is Instillagel Pre-filled syringes?

Instillagel Pre-filled syringes contain a sterile gel used for local anaesthesia and antiseptic purposes. The gel comes in pre-filled syringes, making it easy to apply directly to the affected area. The active ingredients, lidocaine hydrochloride and chlorhexidine gluconate, work together to numb the area and prevent infection. This combination makes Instillagel effective for treating various conditions, including genital herpes.

What are Instillagel Pre-filled syringes used for?

Instillagel Pre-filled syringes are primarily used to treat genital herpes. The gel helps to relieve pain and discomfort associated with the condition by numbing the affected area. Additionally, the antiseptic properties of chlorhexidine help to prevent secondary infections.

Besides genital herpes, Instillagel Pre-filled syringes are also used for:

  • Urethral catheterisation
  • Cystoscopy
  • Rectal and colonic procedures
  • Minor surgical procedures

How do Instillagel Pre-filled syringes work?

Instillagel Pre-filled syringes work by combining the effects of lidocaine hydrochloride and chlorhexidine gluconate. Lidocaine hydrochloride is a local anaesthetic that blocks nerve signals in the body, providing pain relief by numbing the affected area. Chlorhexidine gluconate is an antiseptic that kills bacteria and prevents infections. When applied to the affected area, the gel numbs the skin and mucous membranes, reducing pain and discomfort while also preventing bacterial growth.

Who are Instillagel Pre-filled syringes suitable for?

Instillagel Pre-filled syringes are suitable for adults and children who need local anaesthesia and antiseptic treatment for conditions like genital herpes, urethral catheterisation, and minor surgical procedures. However, certain people should avoid using Instillagel Pre-filled syringes:

  • People allergic to lidocaine, chlorhexidine, or any other ingredients in the gel
  • People with severe liver disease
  • People with certain heart conditions
  • Pregnant or breastfeeding women should consult their doctor before using this medication

How to use Instillagel Pre-filled syringes

Follow these steps to use Instillagel Pre-filled syringes:

  1. Wash your hands thoroughly before handling the syringe.
  2. Remove the cap from the syringe.
  3. Apply the gel directly to the affected area.
  4. Gently spread the gel to cover the entire area.
  5. Dispose of the used syringe safely.
  6. Wash your hands again after application.

Use Instillagel Pre-filled syringes as directed by your doctor. Typically, you should apply the gel 2-3 times a day, depending on the severity of your condition.

For treating genital herpes, use Instillagel Pre-filled syringes for the duration recommended by your doctor, usually until the symptoms subside.

Instillagel Pre-filled syringes Side Effects

Like all medications, Instillagel Pre-filled syringes can cause side effects. Below are some common, uncommon, and serious side effects:

Common Side Effects

  • Mild burning or stinging at the application site
  • Temporary redness or swelling

Uncommon Side Effects

  • Itching or rash
  • Dry skin

Serious Side Effects

  • Severe allergic reactions (swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat)
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Severe dizziness or fainting

For a full list of side effects, please refer to the patient information leaflet.

Instillagel Pre-filled syringes Ingredients

Active Ingredients: Lidocaine hydrochloride, Chlorhexidine gluconate

Other Ingredients: Methyl hydroxybenzoate, Propyl hydroxybenzoate, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Propylene glycol, Purified water

Important Information

  • Do not use Instillagel if you are allergic to lidocaine, chlorhexidine, or any other ingredients in the gel.
  • Do not use Instillagel if you have severe liver disease.
  • Consult your doctor before using Instillagel if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
  • Inform your doctor if you have any heart conditions before using Instillagel.
  • Do not use Instillagel on broken or inflamed skin.
  • Avoid contact with eyes. If the gel gets into your eyes, rinse immediately with plenty of water.
  • Keep out of reach of children.