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Saturday, October 21, 2017




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.

Bad breath can be caused by a decreased flow of saliva. Saliva plays an important part in digestion and helps to remove odor-causing particles in the mouth.
Bad breath when you wake up is considered normal. This happens because the saliva that regularly washes away decaying food and odors during the day diminishes at night while you sleep. Your mouth becomes dry and dead cells stick to your tongue and inside of your cheek. Bacteria use these cells as a food source and expel foul-smelling gases.

How should I use chlorhexidine gluconate?
Follow all directions on your prescription label. Do not use this medicine 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.

Usual Adult Dose for Mucositis:
Usual dose: 15 mL (approximately 0.5 fluid ounces) swished in the mouth undiluted for 30 seconds and spit out 2 times a day
-To decrease medicinal taste, patients should not rinse with water immediately after use.
-The mouthwash should be used after meals (e.g., after breakfast and dinner).
-Use between dental visits to treat gingivitis (characterized by redness and swelling of the gingivae and gingival bleeding upon probing)
Usual Adult Dose for Periodontitis:
Usual dose: 2.5 mg (1 periodontal chip) inserted into a periodontal pocket with probing pocket depth (PD) of 5 mm or more every 3 months
Maximum dose: Up to 8 periodontal chips/visit

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.



 Space-filling model of the chlorhexidine molecule, an antiseptic. Colour code:   Carbon, C: black   Hydrogen, H: white   Nitrogen, N: blue   Chlorine, Cl: green

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