What is Chlorhexidine Gluconate used for?
Chlorhexidine Gluconate is an oral rinse used to treat gingivitis (gum disease). It is used along with regular brushing/flossing of teeth to treat gingivitis that causes red, swollen, and easily bleeding gums. This germicidal mouthwash belongs to a class of drugs known as antimicrobials. It works by decreasing bacteria in the mouth. This medicine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.
What is the recommended dosage of Chlorhexidine Gluconate?
The dosage of Chlorhexidine Gluconate prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label.
Rinse your mouth with Chlorhexidine Gluconate mouthwash after brushing your teeth.
What if you miss a dose of Chlorhexidine Gluconate?
If your physician has instructed or directed you to use Chlorhexidine Gluconate medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, use it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses unless otherwise directed.
What if you overdose on Chlorhexidine Gluconate?
Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Chlorhexidine Gluconate, seek medical attention immediately.
What other drugs could interact with Chlorhexidine Gluconate?
Usually drug interactions occur when it is taken with another drug or with food. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines that may increase the effect of Chlorhexidine Gluconate, and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.
Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.
What are the side effects of Chlorhexidine Gluconate?
Like other medicines, Chlorhexidine Gluconate can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Chlorhexidine Gluconate are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.
It is pertinent to note that side effects of Chlorhexidine Gluconate cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Chlorhexidine Gluconate develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.
Chlorhexidine Gluconate can cause side effects such as dry mouth, increase in plaque, mouth irritation, staining of teeth, and unpleasant taste in your mouth. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are using Chlorhexidine Gluconate.
What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Chlorhexidine Gluconate?
Is it possible for me to use Chlorhexidine Gluconate with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I use Chlorhexidine Gluconate?
What are the possible drug interactions of Chlorhexidine Gluconate?
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How should Chlorhexidine Gluconate be used?
How to reduce the risk of Chlorhexidine Gluconate drug interactions and side effects?
The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. It should not be understood to indicate that the use of Chlorhexidine Gluconate is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always consult your health care professional before using this, or any other, drug.