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Can you get intoxicated from drinking chlorhexidine gluconate oral rinse?

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Dr. Stanley Siu
Cosmetic Dentistry 18 years experience
No: Seek emergency medical attention if you or anyone else has swallowed a large amount of chlorhexidine. An overdose of Chlorhexidine would occur only if the medicine were swallowed deliberately by an adult or if a child swallows 4 or more ounces. Overdose symptoms may include nausea, vomiting or the appearance of being drunk. If getting drunk is your aim, Chlorhexidine is not your drink of choice!

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