Peridex (Chlorhexidine) Dosage and Side Effects
PERIDEX 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.
Proper Use of this medication
PERIDEX rinse is typically used twice daily (once in the morning and once at night).
Your dose will be based on your medical condition and response to treatment.
Typically, you'll rinse your mouth with 15 milliliters (ml) of undiluted PERIDEX for 30 seconds after brushing.
Swish the solution around in your mouth and spit it out. Don't swallow the rinse or mix it with another substance.
Try to use PERIDEX rinse at the same time each day. Use it regularly to see the most benefits.
Wait at least 30 minutes before brushing your teeth, eating, drinking, or rinsing your mouth with water or mouthwash.
If you suspect an overdose, contact a poison control center or emergency room immediately.
Missed Dose of PERIDEX
If you miss a dose of PERIDEX rinse, use it as soon as you remember.
However, be sure to brush your teeth first.
Skip the missed dose if it's almost time for your next dose.
Don't take extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.
Common Side Effects of PERIDEX
Tell your doctor if any of the following side effects become severe or don't go away:
- Dry mouth
- Mouth irritation
- Tooth or tongue staining
- Unusual or unpleasant taste in the mouth
- Decreased taste or change in taste
- Increased tartar
Serious Side Effects of PERIDEX
Tell your doctor immediately if you experience any of the following serious side effects:
- Mouth ulcers
- White patches or sores inside the mouth or on the lips
- Swelling of the salivary glands
- Signs of an allergic reaction, which may include hives, difficulty breathing, or swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Warnings and Precautions
Before taking PERIDEX, 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 PERIDEX.
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 PERIDEX rinse experience a change in taste perception. In rare cases, this change can become permanent.
Don't give PERIDEX 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 PERIDEX. 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 PERIDEX.
Pregnancy and PERIDEX
PERIDEX 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 PERIDEX passes into breast milk or could harm a breastfeeding baby.
Tell your doctor if you're breastfeeding before taking this medicine.
Interactions with this medication
Tell your doctor about all prescription, non-prescription, illegal, recreational, herbal, nutritional, or dietary drugs you're taking while using PERIDEX.
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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.