Mouthwash (Into the mouth)

Introduction

Helps prevent oral plaque buildup on your teeth and gums. Also controls gingivitis (swollen gums) and bad breath.

Brand Name(s)

Targon Smokers' Mouthwash, Fresh N Free, Scope Original Mint, Mouth Kote Remineralizing Mouth Rinse, Swirl, Astring-O-Sol, Listerine Smart Rinse, Plax Advanced Formula, Oasis Moisturizing Mouthwash, Biotene Dry Mouth Mouthwash, Biotene Mouthwash w/ Calcium, Biotene Oral Balance, Listerine Zero, Listerine Whitening Vibrant, Listerine Whitening Refresh

There may be other brand names for this medicine.

When This Medicine Should Not Be Used

This medicine should not be given to a child under 12 years old.

How to Use This Medicine

Liquid, Spray

  • Use no more than 4 teaspoons of mouthwash each time.
  • Sip the mouthwash and hold it in your mouth, but do not swallow it. Swish the mouthwash in your mouth for at least 30 seconds, then spit it out.
  • For best results, do not eat or drink anything for at least 30 minutes after rinsing with mouthwash.

If a dose is missed:

  • Mouthwash is most effective when used daily in combination with regular tooth brushing and flossing.
  • If you forget to use the mouthwash, you may use it as soon as you remember. Do not use extra mouthwash to make up for a missed use.

How to Store and Dispose of This Medicine

  • Store mouthwash in a tightly closed container.
  • Keep all mouthwash away from children and never share your mouthwash with anyone.

Drugs and Foods to Avoid

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

Warnings While Using This Medicine

  • Using mouthwash may cause a slight stinging if you have any type of mouth sore, canker sore, or oral infection.
  • Do not swallow mouthwash. It is only for rinsing your mouth.
  • Mouthwash may contain alcohol and can cause drunkenness or medical problems if you swallow it in large quantities.
  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant, or if you have leukemia or any type of infection. Your teeth and gums may require special care if you have certain types of illness or disease.
  • Certain medicines can affect your gums and how you should care for them. These medicines include cyclosporine (Neoral®, Sandimmune®), phenytoin (Dilantin®), and birth control pills. Other medicines that can affect the gums include heart blood pressure medicine such as amlodipine, diltiazem, nifedipine, verapamil, Adalat®, Cartia®, Lotrel®, Norvasc®, Plendil®, or Tiazac®.

Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

  • Swollen, red, or bleeding gums, tooth loss or ongoing tooth pain (signs that you may need additional dental care).

If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:

  • Burning or stinging of your mouth or throat.

If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088

Version Info

  • Last Reviewed on 06/12/2013

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This page was last updated: September 18, 2013

         
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