1 What is Paroex?

Brand: Paroex, Peridex, Periogard

Generic: Chlorhexidine

Paroex is an antiseptic antibacterial drug used for the treatment of gingivitis.

This drug kills bacteria by disrupting their cell membrane. As a result, this drug reduces the inflammation, swelling and bleeding of the gums.

This drug cannot be used to prevent development plaque and tartar. Proper dental hygiene is still important. Paroex is a prescription drug.

2 What to Know Before Using

Your doctor will inform you of what you need to know before using Paroex. Before taking this drug, the risks and benefits for your body should be discussed with your healthcare provider.

Inform your healthcare provider for any allergic reactions to these drugs or any other drugs, foods, dyes, preservatives, or animals. Carefully read the label of non-prescription drugs for any possible allergic reaction or contraindications.

Studies about this drug have only been made in the adult age and there is no specific data comparing the use of this drug various age groups. Adverse effects have been determined in using this drug but adequate studies regarding pregnant women or animals have yet to be performed.

Studies suggest a minimal risk to infants when taking this drug during breastfeeding. Drugs should not be taken together to prevent any interactions but in necessary cases inquire your healthcare provider regarding the adjustments in dosage or any other necessary precautions.

Intake of specific food or using alcohol or tobacco with chlorhexidine is associated with an increased risk of certain side effects. Your healthcare professional can give you special instructions about the use of food, alcohol, or tobacco.

Inform your healthcare provider for any other medical problems, especially front-tooth fillings that may be stained by chlorhexidine which may be impossible to remove and may require replacement of the filling. Gum problems such as periodontitis should also be reported to prevent worsening of the condition.

3 Proper Usage

To use Paroex properly, you must follow all instructions given by your doctor. Use this oral rinse only after brushing and flossing your teeth. Refrain from eating or drinking for several hours after using the oral rinse.

15 mL is the usual dose of this drug which is usually indicated by the “fill line” in the cap. Ask help from your pharmacist if you are having difficulty in taking the correct dosage. Gargle the full strength of oral rinse in your mouth for 30 seconds then spit all of it out afterwards.

The dose of this drug will be variable for different patients. The directions on the label or the prescription by your healthcare professional should be followed.

The dosage of this drug you take depends on the medical problem for which you are using this drug.

Adults with gingivitis are usually prescribed with an oral dose of 15 millilitres as a mouthwash for 30 seconds two times a day. Use and dose must be determined by your dentist or medical doctor for children up to 18 years of age. A missed dose should be taken as soon as possible. However, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule if it is almost time for your next dose.

Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Keep from freezing. Keep out of the reach of children. Dispose any outdated or expired drugs and ask your healthcare professional for the proper disposal of the drugs.

4 Precautions to Take

Before using Paroex, there are some precautions you must take. For some people, this drug may have a bitter aftertaste. If this happens, do not aggravate the situation by immediately rinsing your mouth with water, since doing so will increase the bitterness.

Rinsing is also associated with a reduction in the drug’s effect. It is important to remember that this drug may change the taste of some food which only usually lasts up to 4 hours after using the oral rinse.

Effects of this drug become less evident with continued use and taste usual returns to normal after stopping treatment.

Brushing with tartar-control toothpaste and flossing daily is recommended since this drug may cause staining and tartar build-up on your teeth. Regular dental visits for at least every 6 months are recommended to have your teeth cleaned and your gums examined.

Immediately contact emergency medical services if you suspect a child weighing 22 pounds or less has swallowed more than 4 ounces of the dental rinse.

Also, if a child of any age drinks the dental rinse and has symptoms of alcohol intoxication, such as slurred speech, sleepiness, or a staggering or stumbling walk, contact emergency medical services immediately.

5 Potential Side Effects

As with many medications, there are several potential side effects associated with Paroex. Side effects may vary for each individual and prompt medical attention should be given if they occur.

As your body adjusts to the medicine, the side effects will slowly disappear. Ask your healthcare professional about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects.

If any of the following side effects persists or are inconvenient, or if you notice any other effects, or if you have any questions about them, consult with your health care professional. Report any side effects to the FDA hotline at 1-800-FDA-1088.

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