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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.
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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.
Apo Chlorhexidine (Chlorhexidine-buccal) may be available under multiple brand names and/or in several different forms. Any specific brand name of Apo Chlorhexidine (Chlorhexidine-buccal) may not be available in all of the forms or approved for all of the conditions discussed here. As well, some forms of Apo Chlorhexidine (Chlorhexidine-buccal) may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here.
Your doctor may have suggested Apo Chlorhexidine (Chlorhexidine-buccal) 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 Apo Chlorhexidine (Chlorhexidine-buccal), speak to your doctor. Do not stop using Apo Chlorhexidine (Chlorhexidine-buccal) without consulting your doctor.
Do not give Apo Chlorhexidine (Chlorhexidine-buccal) to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to use Apo Chlorhexidine (Chlorhexidine-buccal) if their doctor has not prescribed it.
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. You should use a syringe or medication measuring cup to measure the right amount of the rinse. You should 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 Apo Chlorhexidine (Chlorhexidine-buccal) 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 Apo Chlorhexidine (Chlorhexidine-buccal) 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.
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 Apo Chlorhexidine (Chlorhexidine-buccal). If you are concerned about side effects, discuss the risks and benefits of Apo Chlorhexidine (Chlorhexidine-buccal) with your doctor.
The following side effects have been reported by at least 1% of people taking Apo Chlorhexidine (Chlorhexidine-buccal). 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.
Stop taking the medication and seek immediate medical attention if any of the following occur:
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 Apo Chlorhexidine (Chlorhexidine-buccal).
Apo-Chlorhexidine(Chlorhexidine Gluconate) Oral Rinse USP contains 0.12% chlorhexidine gluconate. Nonmedicinal ingredients: alcohol, FD&C Blue No. 1, glycerin, natural fresh mint flavour, PEG 40 sorbitan diisostearate, purified water, and saccharin sodium.
Do not take chlorhexidine gluconate if you are allergic to chlorhexidine gluconate or any ingredients of the 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:
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.
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 Apo Chlorhexidine (Chlorhexidine-buccal).
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. Apo Chlorhexidine (Chlorhexidine-buccal) should not be used during pregnancy unless the benefits outweigh the risks. If you become pregnant while taking Apo Chlorhexidine (Chlorhexidine-buccal), 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 Apo Chlorhexidine (Chlorhexidine-buccal), it may affect your baby. Talk to your doctor about whether you should continue breast-feeding.
Children: The safety and effectiveness of using Apo Chlorhexidine (Chlorhexidine-buccal) have not been established for children.
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