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Used for: Oral hygiene, Skin disinfection
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What is Triclosan for?

Triclosan is an antiseptic which is usually found as an ingredient in many hygiene products intended to reduce or prevent microbial growth and contamination. It is effective against many different bacteria as well as some fungi. Triclosan may be found in antibacterial soaps, body washes, toothpastes and disinfection products.

How to use it?

Triclosan is available in many types of products, for example soaps, hand or body wash and different cleansing products. Please refer to the product label/insert for direction of use. The concentration of Triclosan is usually up to 2% in soaps, creams, and solutions.

What are the side effects of Triclosan?

Common side effects of Triclosan include irritation and contact dermatitis in the applied area of the skin.

Who should not take Triclosan?

  • People allergic to Triclosan or any component of the formulation

Pharmacist Tips:

  • Triclosan may contribute to antibiotic-resistance in microorganisms, therefore, the FDA does not recommend using Triclosan-containing antiseptic products.
  • Triclosan is not recommended for prolonged use on the skin.

Common dosing schedule:

  • Please refer to the product label in Triclosan-containing products.

Some common medications Triclosan may interact with:

  • Triclosan has no known interactions with common medications.

Where to buy Triclosan in Hong Kong?

In Hong Kong, Triclosan is an over-the-counter medicine and can be purchased without a prescription from any retail outlet in Hong Kong. This includes grocery stores, convenience stores, medicine shops, and pharmacies. It can also be obtained from doctors. To find a pharmacy near you, refer to the list of pharmacies (“Authorized Sellers of Poisons”) from the Hong Kong Department of Health.


For more information about drug names and ingredients, you can visit Hong Kong’s Drug Office at https://www.drugoffice.gov.hk

Need more information?

For detailed information about the use of Triclosan in children, pregnancy and breastfeeding, and for questions about drug interactions, please check with your pharmacist or doctor.

Disclaimer: our goal is to provide you with the most relevant drug information and common dosage for Hong Kong. This information does not constitute medical advice. For specific treatment recommendations and advice, always discuss with your doctor or pharmacist, and follow the instructions included with your specific medicine.

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