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Corsodyl mouthwash

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Information specific to: Corsodyl mouthwash.

About Corsodyl mouthwash and how it works

This medicine helps treat or prevent gum inflammation and plaque formation and also helps to relieve the discomfort caused by mouth ulcers, inflammation and infections of the mouth such as thrush. It is also used to keep the mouth clean when tooth-brushing is difficult such as after surgery of the mouth.

This medicine contains the antiseptic chlorhexidine gluconate which kills the germs and fungi that can cause or worsen mouth infections, inflammation, and plaque formation.

This medicine is available as a liquid which is used as a mouthwash. Do not swallow this medicine. If you are using this medicine to treat dental stomatitis, you should cleanse your dentures and then soak them in the mouthwash for about 15 minutes twice a day.

Take care and keep this medicine away from your eyes or ears. If this medicine gets in to your eyes, immediately rinse your eyes with plenty of water.

If you are using this medicine to treat mouth ulcers or thrush, you should continue using this medicine for a further 48 hours after your symptoms have cleared.

Consult your doctor or your dentist if your symptoms do not improve, or if they get worse during treatment with this medicine.

Before using Corsodyl mouthwash

This medicine may not be suitable for everyone and some people must never have it. Check the leaflet that comes with your medicine to make sure that the medicine is suitable before having it.

Always get advice from a healthcare professional before having this medicine if:

  • you are allergic or sensitive to or have had a reaction to any of the ingredients in the medicine
  • this medicine is for a child under 12 years of age

Medicines interactions

If you are using more than one medicine they may interact with each other. Before using this medicine consult your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking or have recently taken any other medicines including vitamins, supplements and herbal or complementary preparations.

The following medicines may interact with this medicine:

  • preparations used for cleaning teeth or keeping the mouth clean such as toothpastes, tooth polishes or mouth washes - you should either rinse your mouth with water thoroughly before using this medicine or use these preparations at a different time of the day

Possible side effects of Corsodyl mouthwash

Most medicines can cause some side-effects but not everyone having the same medicine will get the same side-effects.

The following side-effects have been associated with people having this medicine:

  • soreness, swelling or irritation of the mouth - stop using this medicine and seek immediate medical advice if you get any of these symptoms
  • peeling and ulceration of mouth surfaces - if this happens, you should dilute this medicine with an equal amount of water
  • temporary discolouration of the teeth or tongue - this can be reduced by avoiding tea, coffee and wine, and brushing teeth with a normal toothpaste before using this medicine. If you wear dentures clean them with a denture cleanser before using this medicine
  • swelling of the salivary glands - this is temporary and resolves when you stop using this medicine
  • taste disturbances or burning sensations - these are temporary and usually occur when you first start using the mouthwash
  • skin irritation
  • hypersensitivity reactions including allergic reactions or anaphylaxis

Pregnancy and breast-feeding

This medicine is not known to cause any problems during pregnancy or while breast-feeding. However, as with all medicines, you should seek medical advice from your doctor before using this medicine if you are pregnant or breast-feeding.

Other important information

Make sure that you read the leaflet that comes with your medicine to check what dose you should use and if there is anything that you need to do if you use more than the recommended dose. If you are in any doubt about whether this medicine is suitable for you, speak to your doctor, dentist or pharmacist.

If you accidentally swallow a large amount of this medicine, seek immediate medical advice.

Take care with fabrics that have been in contact with chlorhexidine, as they may develop brown stains if they are bleached.

Keep all medicines out of the sight and reach of children.

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