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chlorhexidine gluconate (oral rinse) (Paroex, Peridex, PerioChip)

Brand Names: Paroex, Peridex, PerioChip, Periogard, Perisol

Generic Name: chlorhexidine gluconate (oral rinse)

  • What is chlorhexidine gluconate?
  • What are the possible side effects of chlorhexidine gluconate?
  • What is the most important information I should know about chlorhexidine gluconate?
  • What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using chlorhexidine gluconate?
  • How should I use chlorhexidine gluconate?
  • What happens if I miss a dose?
  • What happens if I overdose?
  • What should I avoid while taking chlorhexidine gluconate?
  • What other drugs will affect chlorhexidine gluconate?
  • Where can I get more information?

Chlorhexidine gluconate is a germicidal mouthwash that reduces bacteria in the mouth.

Chlorhexidine gluconate oral rinse is used to treat gingivitis (swelling, redness, bleeding gums). Chlorhexidine gluconate is usually prescribed by a dentist.

Chlorhexidine gluconate oral rinse is not for treating all types of gingivitis. Use the medication only to treat the condition your dentist prescribed it for. Do not share this medication with another person, even if they have the same gum symptoms you have.

Chlorhexidine gluconate may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What are the possible side effects of chlorhexidine gluconate?

Chlorhexidine gluconate can cause a rare but serious allergic reaction that may be life-threatening. Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives, severe skin rash; wheezing, difficult breathing; cold sweats, feeling light-headed; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Call your doctor at once if you have:

  • white patches or sores inside your mouth or on your lips;
  • mouth ulcers; or
  • swelling of your salivary glands (underneath your jaws).

Common side effects may include:

  • mouth irritation;
  • tooth staining;
  • dry mouth;
  • unusual or unpleasant taste in your mouth; or
  • decreased taste sensation.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What is the most important information I should know about chlorhexidine gluconate?

Chlorhexidine gluconate can cause a rare but serious allergic reaction that may be life-threatening. Get emergency medical help if you have: hives, severe skin rash; wheezing, difficult breathing; cold sweats, feeling light-headed; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Do not give this medication to a child or teenager without a doctor’s advice. This medicine may cause severe irritation or chemical burns in young children.

Peridex Mouthwash: Is It for You?

If you or someone close to you has been prescribed Peridex mouthwash, chances are it’s to treat gum disease. This prescription mouthwash contains a chemical called chlorhexidine, which destroys harmful mouth bacteria. Colgate’s PerioGard oral rinse is a prescription-strength antimicrobial rinse to treat gingivitis and promote the healing of inflamed gums.

What Peridex Mouthwashes Treat?

Peridex is used to treat gingivitis, another name for mild gum disease. Symptoms include bad breath and gum redness, swelling and bleeding. While brushing your teeth and gums twice per day and flossing once per day help prevent gum disease, a prescription mouthwash may help reduce the symptoms when you’re already in the early stages.

However, as the Mayo Clinic explains, Peridex isn’t suitable for treating periodontitis, which is severe gum disease. When gum disease reaches an advanced stage, it causes more problematic symptoms such as receding gums, pus, tooth sensitivity and tooth loosening.

How Does It Work?

When you rinse with Peridex, the active ingredient chlorhexidine immediately begins to destroy harmful mouth bacteria. What’s more, the effect continues after you spit out the mouthwash. The FDA states that after six months of use, levels of mouth bacteria that were tested reduced up to 97 percent. The FDA also explains that 30 percent of the chlorhexidine remains in the mouth after rinsing, so the chemical continues to destroy bacteria between uses.

Are There Any Side Effects?

Peridex mouthwash has a few possible side effects, though they are minor. The Mayo Clinic lists them as a change in taste, increase in tartar build-up, and staining of the teeth, gums and any dental appliances. When tooth fillings are stained, the staining can be challenging to remove.

Severe side effects are rare. Some people experience swollen neck glands and irritation in the mouth and tip of the tongue. The most rare side effects occur due to an allergic reaction to the mouthwash and include skin rashes, hives, itching, swelling of the face and difficulty breathing.

Check with your physician or dentist if you experience any side effects from using a chlorhexidine mouthwash. They may be able to offer a different solution.

Is It Safe?

Only a physician or dentist can prescribe Peridex mouthwash. However, under the guidance of a healthcare professional, the product is safe when used as directed. Don’t use Peridex for longer than six months without consulting your dentist or doctor. If a small child accidentally drinks more than 4 ounces of the mouthwash, seek medical attention.

Though the mouthwash is effective at killing mouth bacteria in mild cases of gum disease, it’s not a substitute for regular brushing and flossing for total oral health. Gum disease is a serious dental condition that can lead to oral pain, bleeding and tooth loss, so take steps to avoid it. Along with regular flossing, try brushing with a toothbrush like the Colgate Wave Gum Comfort, which has curved, soft outer bristles to clean gum margin and firmer inner bristles to effectively clean teeth.

The Advantages and Disadvantages of Chlorhexidine Mouthwash

If your dentist prescribes chlorhexidine, review how to use it thoroughly with them. Talk to your dentist about the following:

  • Allergic reactions. If you’re allergic to chlorhexidine, don’t use it. There’s a possibility of serious allergic reaction.
  • Dosage. Carefully follow your dentist’s instructions. The usual dosage is 0.5 fluid ounces undiluted), twice daily for 30 seconds.
  • Ingestion. After rinsing, spit it out. Don’t swallow it.
  • Timing. Chlorhexidine should be used after brushing. Don’t brush your teeth, rinse with water, or eat immediately after use.
  • Periodontitis. Some people have periodontitis along with gingivitis. Chlorhexidine treats gingivitis, not periodontitis. You’ll need separate treatment for periodontitis. Chlorhexidine might even make gum problems like periodontitis worse.
  • Pregnancy. Tell your dentist if you’re pregnant or planning on becoming pregnant. It hasn’t been determined whether or not chlorhexidine is safe for a fetus.
  • Breastfeeding. Tell your dentist if you’re breastfeeding. It hasn’t been determined whether chlorhexidine is passed to the baby in breastmilk or if it could affect the baby.
  • Follow up. Re-evaluate with your dentist whether the treatment is working at consistent intervals, waiting no longer than six months to check in.
  • Dental hygiene. The use of chlorhexidine isn’t a replacement for brushing your teeth, using dental floss, or regular visits to your dentist.
  • Children. Chlorhexidine isn’t approved for use by children under the age of 18.

Chlorhexidine

Chlorhexidine is an oral rinse that reduces the amount of bacteria in your mouth. It’s also known by the brand names Peridex, Periogard, and others.

Chlorhexidine mouthwash is often used to treat gingivitis, which is a gum disease that causes swollen, red, and bleeding gums.

It’s also been used to decrease the risk of mouth sores in people with weakened immune systems, and to prevent pneumonia in hospitalized patients who are on a ventilator.

Chlorhexidine comes in prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) forms.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved chlorhexidine in 1986. It’s currently manufactured by several pharmaceutical companies.

Chlorhexidine Soap

Chlorhexidine also comes in a topical formulation, which can be used as a cleanser and antiseptic.

This form of the medicine is often used to clean the skin after an injury, before surgery, or before an injection.

It’s also used by doctors to clean their hands before a procedure.

One popular topical form of chlorhexidine is known by the brand name Hibiclens.

Chlorhexidine Warnings

Before taking chlorhexidine, tell your doctor if you have:

  • Dental crowns, veneers, or fillings
  • Periodontal disease

Also, tell your physician if you’re allergic to any medications before using chlorhexidine.

You should know that this medicine may stain your teeth, dentures, tooth restorations, or tongue. Talk to your dentist about ways to remove these stains.

Some people who use chlorhexidine rinse experience a change in taste perception. In rare cases, this change can become permanent.

Don’t give chlorhexidine mouthwash to a child or teenager without a doctor’s advice. The medicine can cause severe irritation or chemical burns in some children.

Tell your doctor if your condition doesn’t improve or worsens while taking chlorhexidine. Visit your dentist at least every six months for tooth and gum care.

It might take up to six weeks before you experience the full benefits of chlorhexidine.

Pregnancy and Chlorhexidine

Chlorhexidine is not likely to harm an unborn baby.

However, talk to a doctor before using this medicine if you’re pregnant or plan to become pregnant.

It’s also not known whether chlorhexidine passes into breast milk or could harm a breastfeeding baby.

Tell your doctor if you’re breastfeeding before taking this medicine.

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Chlorhexidine gluconate (oral rinse)

Generic Name: chlorhexidine gluconate (oral rinse) (klor HEX i deen)
Brand Name: Paroex, Peridex, PerioChip, Periogard

Medically reviewed by Drugs.com on Feb 26, 2019 – Written by Cerner Multum

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What is chlorhexidine gluconate?

Chlorhexidine gluconate is a germicidal mouthwash that reduces bacteria in the mouth.

Chlorhexidine gluconate oral rinse is used to treat gingivitis (swelling, redness, bleeding gums). Chlorhexidine gluconate is usually prescribed by a dentist.

Chlorhexidine gluconate oral rinse is not for treating all types of gingivitis. Use the medication only to treat the condition your dentist prescribed it for. Do not share this medication with another person, even if they have the same gum symptoms you have.

Chlorhexidine gluconate may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

Important Information

Chlorhexidine gluconate can cause a rare but serious allergic reaction that may be life-threatening. Get emergency medical help if you have: hives, severe skin rash; wheezing, difficult breathing; cold sweats, feeling light-headed; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Do not give this medication to a child or teenager without a doctor’s advice. chlorhexidine gluconate may cause severe irritation or chemical burns in young children.

Before taking this medicine

You should not use this medication if you are allergic to chlorhexidine gluconate.

If you have periodontal disease, you may need special treatments while you are using chlorhexidine gluconate.

Do not give this medication to a child or teenager without a doctor’s advice. This medicine may cause severe irritation or chemical burns in young children. Chlorhexidine gluconate is not approved for use by anyone younger than 18 years old.

It is not known whether this medicine will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.

It is not known whether chlorhexidine gluconate passes into breast milk or if it could affect the nursing baby. Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding.

How should I use chlorhexidine gluconate?

Follow all directions on your prescription label. Do not use chlorhexidine gluconate in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.

Rinse your mouth with chlorhexidine gluconate twice daily after brushing your teeth.

Measure your dose using the cup provided with the medication. Swish the medicine in your mouth for at least 30 seconds, then spit it out. Do not swallow the mouthwash.

Do not add water to the oral rinse. Do not rinse your mouth with water or other mouthwashes right after using chlorhexidine gluconate.

Chlorhexidine gluconate may leave an unpleasant taste in your mouth. Do not rinse your mouth to remove this taste after using the medication. You may rinse the medicine away and reduce its effectiveness.

Use this medication for the full prescribed length of time. Your symptoms may improve before your gingivitis is completely cleared. Chlorhexidine gluconate will not treat a viral or fungal infection such as cold sores, canker sores, or oral thrush (yeast infection).

Visit your dentist at least every 6 months for preventive tooth and gum care.

Store chlorhexidine gluconate at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Use the missed dose as soon as you remember, but brush your teeth first. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up the missed dose.

What happens if I overdose?

Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222, especially if a child has swallowed 4 or more ounces of chlorhexidine gluconate.

An overdose of chlorhexidine would occur only if the medicine were swallowed. Overdose symptoms may include nausea, stomach pain, or the appearance of being drunk.

What should I avoid while taking chlorhexidine gluconate?

Chlorhexidine gluconate can stain teeth, dentures, tooth restorations, your tongue, or the inside of your mouth. Talk with your dentist about ways to remove staining from these surfaces. Stains may be harder to remove from false teeth that have scratches in their surfaces.

Avoid eating, drinking, or brushing your teeth just after using this medication.

Do not use any other mouthwash unless your doctor has told you to.

Chlorhexidine gluconate side effects

Chlorhexidine gluconate can cause a rare but serious allergic reaction that may be life-threatening. Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives, severe skin rash; wheezing, difficult breathing; cold sweats, feeling light-headed; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Call your doctor at once if you have:

  • white patches or sores inside your mouth or on your lips;

  • mouth ulcers; or

  • swelling of your salivary glands (underneath your jaws).

Common side effects may include:

  • mouth irritation;

  • tooth staining;

  • dry mouth;

  • unusual or unpleasant taste in your mouth; or

  • decreased taste sensation.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What other drugs will affect chlorhexidine gluconate?

It is not likely that other drugs you take orally or inject will have an effect on chlorhexidine gluconate oral rinse. But many drugs can interact with each other. Tell each of your health care providers about all medicines you use, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

Further information

  • Your pharmacist or dentist can provide more information about chlorhexidine gluconate oral rinse.

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

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Chlorhexidine (Peridex) Prescribed Online

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Chlorhexidine – Overview

Chlorhexidine, marketed under brand names such as Peridex, is an oral rinse mouthwash used in the treatment of gingivitis. People in need of a chlorhexidine prescription can use Push Health to connect with a medical provider who can prescribe Peridex oral mouthwash if appropriate to do so.

What Is Chlorhexidine Used For?

Peridex (chlorhexidine gluconate 0.12%) is an oral rinse medication used in people with gum issues such as gingivitis. Peridex has antimicrobial activity and is thought to reduce the counts of both aerobic and anaerobic bacteria when used over months. Peridex is often used between dental visits when managing gingivitis and bleeding secondary to probing of the gums. Chlorhexidine gluconate is not well absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract but is somewhat absorbed from the oral cavity after rinsing. Chlorhexidine gluconate is primarily excreted from the feces. The utility of Peridex (chlorhexidine gluconate) in patients with periodontitis is not well known.

Chlorhexidine Gluconate 0.12% – Cost

The Peridex (chlorhexidine gluconate) dosage used is frequently 15mL of undiluted Peridex mouthwash rinsed twice daily for 30 seconds in the morning and evening. Peridex treatment is often started after a dental visit and reevaluation is necessary while chlorhexidine gluconate is being used. Chlorhexidine 0.12% rinse is considered very affordable, costing under $10 at many pharmacies for 1 bottle (473 mL) of chlorhexidine 0.12% rinse. Online chlorhexidine coupons are also available at times and insurance plans may cover the cost of the oral mouthwash for some people. Immediately after use of chlorhexidine gluconate mouthwash, it is not recommended to brush one’s teeth or eat food. Peridex (chlorhexidine rinse) should be stored at 20° C to 25° C.

Can I Buy Chlorhexidine Online?

Chlorhexidine gluconate generally requires a prescription in the United States which means that one cannot just buy chlorhexidine online without first getting a prescription from a medical provider. As a result, prescription chlorhexidine mouthwash is not available over the counter. People who need a chlorhexidine prescription, however, can use Push Health to, connect with a licensed medical provider who can prescribe Peridex oral solution if safe and appropriate to do so.

Chlorhexidine – Side Effects

Chlorhexidine gluconate mouthwash can cause side effects when used. Side effects associated with chlorhexidine use include oral irritation, dry mouth, paresthesia, aphthous ulcer, keratinization and redness. Anyone with an allergy or hypersensitivity to chlorhexidine gluconate oral rinse or other ingredients in the mouthwash should not use the medication. Peridex may cause an increase in subgingival calculus. Before using chlorhexidine (Peridex), questions about possible side effects should be discussed with a pharmacist and one’s medical provider.

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Last updated August 16, 2019. Given the evolving nature of medicine and science, this information might not be accurate and should not be construed as medical advice or diagnosis / treatment recommendations. Please consult a licensed medical provider if you have additional questions.

Peridex

SIDE EFFECTS

The most common side effects associated with chlorhexidine gluconate oral rinses are: 1) an increase in staining of teeth and other oral surfaces; 2) an increase in calculus formation; and 3) an alteration in taste perception, see WARNINGS and PRECAUTIONS. Oral irritation and local allergy-type symptoms have been spontaneously reported as side effects associated with use of chlorhexidine gluconate rinse. The following oral mucosal side effects were reported during placebo-controlled adult clinical trials: aphthous ulcer, grossly obvious gingivitis, trauma, ulceration, erythema, desquamation, coated tongue, keratinization, geographic tongue, mucocele, and short frenum. Each occurred at a frequency of less than 1.0%. Among post marketing reports, the most frequently reported oral mucosal symptoms associated with Peridex are stomatitis, gingivitis, glossitis, ulcer, dry mouth, hypesthesia, glossal edema, and paresthesia. Minor irritation and superficial desquamation of the oral mucosa have been noted in patients using Peridex. There have been cases of parotid gland swelling and inflammation of the salivary glands (sialadenitis) reported in patients using Peridex.

Read the entire FDA prescribing information for Peridex (Chlorhexidine Gluconate 0.12% Oral Rinse)

Peridex Oral Rinse

How does this medication work? What will it do for me?

Chlorhexidine gluconate belongs to a class of medications called topical antiseptics. It is used as part of a dental program to treat and manage moderate-to-severe gingivitis. This condition is an inflammation of the gums caused by bacteria, which may be associated with bleeding. Chlorhexidine, when used as an oral rinse, kills certain bacteria in the mouth and helps restore the gums to their healthy condition.

This medication may be available under multiple brand names and/or in several different forms. Any specific brand name of this medication may not be available in all of the forms or approved for all of the conditions discussed here. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here.

Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are being given this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop using this medication without consulting your doctor.

Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to use this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.

What form(s) does this medication come in?

Peridex contains 0.12% chlorhexidine gluconate. Nonmedicinal ingredients: water, alcohol, glycerine, PEG-40 sorbitan diisostearate, flavour, saccharin sodium, and FD&C Blue No. 1 Dye.

How should I use this medication?

The usual dose of chlorhexidine gluconate oral rinse is 15 mL of solution for 30 seconds, twice a day. Use after brushing your teeth. The solution should be swished through the mouth then spit out. Do not swallow. Use a syringe or medication measuring cup to measure the right amount of the rinse. Do not rinse your mouth, eat, or brush your teeth for 30 minutes after rinsing with chlorhexidine gluconate oral rinse.

Many things can affect the dose of medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are taking the medication without consulting your doctor.

It is important to take this medication exactly as suggested by your doctor or pharmacist. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.

Store this medication at room temperature, protect it from light, and keep it out of the reach of children.

Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.

Who should NOT take this medication?

Do not take chlorhexidine gluconate if you are allergic to chlorhexidine gluconate or any ingredients of the medication.

What side effects are possible with this medication?

Many medications can cause side effects. A side effect is an unwanted response to a medication when it is taken in normal doses. Side effects can be mild or severe, temporary or permanent.

The side effects listed below are not experienced by everyone who takes this medication. If you are concerned about side effects, discuss the risks and benefits of this medication with your doctor.

The following side effects have been reported by at least 1% of people taking this medication. Many of these side effects can be managed, and some may go away on their own over time.

Contact your doctor if you experience these side effects and they are severe or bothersome. Your pharmacist may be able to advise you on managing side effects.

  • change in taste
  • inflammation of salivary glands
  • irritation of the gums and other areas in the mouth
  • shedding of skin from mouth
  • staining of teeth, dentures, fillings

Stop taking the medication and seek immediate medical attention if any of the following occur:

  • signs of an allergic reaction, e.g.:
    • difficulty breathing
    • hives
    • rash
    • swelling of the face or throat

Some people may experience side effects other than those listed. Check with your doctor if you notice any symptom that worries you while you are taking this medication.

Are there any other precautions or warnings for this medication?

Before you begin using a medication, be sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions or allergies you may have, any medications you are taking, whether you are pregnant or breast-feeding, and any other significant facts about your health. These factors may affect how you should use this medication.

Gingivitis and periodontitis: People who have both gingivitis and periodontitis need to know that clearing up the inflammation of the gums from gingivitis may not be an indicator that the periodontitis has also been cleared up. You should continue your periodontitis treatment as prescribed by your dentist.

Staining of teeth: Chlorhexidine gluconate oral rinse can cause staining of the surface of teeth, fillings, and the tongue if used for a long time or in people who may have higher amounts of plaque. The staining does not affect the teeth and can be removed from most tooth surfaces by your dentist. People who have exposed root surfaces or fillings in the front teeth with rough surfaces may have permanent staining as it is more difficult to remove stains from these areas.

Taste changes: Some people using chlorhexidine gluconate may find a change in taste. In rare cases this may become permanent.

Pregnancy: It is not known if chlorhexidine gluconate passes from mother to fetus during pregnancy. This medication should not be used during pregnancy unless the benefits outweigh the risks. If you become pregnant while taking this medication, contact your doctor immediately.

Breast-feeding: It is not known if chlorhexidine gluconate passes into breast milk. If you are a breast-feeding mother and are taking this medication, it may affect your baby. Talk to your doctor about whether you should continue breast-feeding.

Children: The safety and effectiveness of using this medication have not been established for children.

What other drugs could interact with this medication?

Tell your doctor or prescriber about all prescription, over-the-counter (non-prescription), and herbal medications that you are taking. Also tell them about any supplements you take. Since caffeine, alcohol, the nicotine from cigarettes, or street drugs can affect the action of many medications, you should let your prescriber know if you use them. Depending on your specific circumstances, your doctor may want you to:

  • stop taking one of the medications,
  • change one of the medications to another,
  • change how you are taking one or both of the medications, or
  • leave everything as is.

An interaction between two medications does not always mean that you must stop taking one of them. Speak to your doctor about how any drug interactions are being managed or should be managed.

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Do not take chlorhexidine gluconate if you are allergic to chlorhexidine gluconate or any ingredients of the medication.

Perio Med Side Effects

Generic Name: fluoride topical

Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Nov 22, 2018.

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Note: This document contains side effect information about fluoride topical. Some of the dosage forms listed on this page may not apply to the brand name Perio Med.

For the Consumer

Applies to fluoride topical: cream, gel/jelly, liquid, paste, solution, suspension, tablet chewable

Along with its needed effects, fluoride topical (the active ingredient contained in Perio Med) may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor as soon as possible if any of the following side effects occur while taking fluoride topical:

Sodium fluoride in drinking water or taken as a supplement does not usually cause any side effects. However, taking an overdose of fluoride may cause serious problems.

  • Sores in the mouth and on the lips (rare)

Stop taking fluoride topical and get emergency help immediately if any of the following effects occur:

  • Black, tarry stools
  • bloody vomit
  • diarrhea
  • drowsiness
  • faintness
  • increased watering of the mouth
  • nausea or vomiting
  • shallow breathing
  • stomach cramps or pain
  • tremors
  • unusual excitement
  • watery eyes
  • weakness

Check with your doctor as soon as possible if any of the following side effects occur while taking fluoride topical:

  • Pain and aching of bones
  • stiffness
  • white, brown, or black discoloration of the teeth—occurs only during periods of tooth development in children

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to fluoride topical: mucous membrane powder for reconstitution, mucous membrane solution, topical cream, topical gel, topical kit, topical paste, topical solution, topical swab

Hypersensitivity

Hypersensitivity side effects including allergic reactions have been reported.

Oncologic

It has been shown that fluoride ion has potential to induce chromosome aberrations in cultured human and animal cells at doses much higher than those to which humans are exposed. In vivo data are conflicting.

1. “Product Information. Fluoridex (fluoride topical).” Discus Dental, Culver City, CA.

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