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Paroex (oral rinse)

Generic Name: Chlorhexidine gluconate (oral rinse) [klor-HEX-i-deen]
The Brand Names are: Paroex, Peridex, PerioChip, and Periogard.

What is Paroex?

Paroex is a mouthwash that kills germs, which reduces the amount of bacteria that can be found in the mouth.Paroex can be used to treat gum disease (swelling, redness, swelling, and bleeding gums). The medication is typically prescribed by a dentist.

Paroex isn't for treating all forms of gingivitis. Make use of the medication only to treat the problem the dentist prescribed it for. Don't use this medication in conjunction with anyone else, even if they suffer from similar gum issues to those you do.Paroex can be used for other purposes not mentioned in this guideline for medication.

Side effects of Paroex

Paroex can trigger an extremely rare and severe allergic reaction that could be life-threatening. Take immediate medical assistance when you experience any of the following symptoms that indicate an allergic reaction: hives, a severe skin rash, wheezing, difficulty breathing, cold sweats, feeling lightheaded, swelling of your lips, face, tongue, throat, or face.

Paroex could cause severe adverse effects. Contact your doctor immediately if you experience:

  • Sores, white patches within the mouth, or around your lips.
  • Mouth ulcers
  • The salivary glands of your mouth are swelling (under your jaws).

Common adverse effects of Paroex could include:

  • Mouth irritation;
  • Tooth staining
  • Dry mouth;
  • Unusual or unpleasant flavor that you can't get rid of.
  • Diminished taste sensation.

This isn't a complete list of all the side effects. Other side effects could occur. Contact your physician to seek medical advice on the effects. You can report any side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

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Doxycycline, minocycline, chlorhexidine topical, and vibramycin


Paroex could trigger an uncommon but serious allergic reaction that can be life-threatening. Get emergency medical assistance if you suffer from an allergic reaction that is severe, such as hives or a skin rash; wheezing; difficulty breathing; chills; feeling lightheaded; and swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Don't give this medicine to children or teens without the advice of a doctor. Paroex could cause severe burns or irritation in young children.

Before you take this drug

It is not recommended to use this medicine if you are allergic to Paroex.If you suffer from periodontal disease, it is possible that you will require special treatments while using Paroex.

Do not give this medicine to a teenager or child without the advice of a doctor. This medicine can cause severe burns or irritation in young children. Paroex is not permitted for use by people less than 18 years old.

There isn't any way to determine if the medicine can affect the newborn infant. Contact your doctor if are expecting or plan to have a baby.It is unclear if it is known if chlorhexidine gluconate is absorbed into breast milk or whether it can affect nursing infants. Consult your physician if you are breastfeeding.

How to take Paroex?

Follow all the instructions on the prescription label.Use Paroex for smaller or greater quantities or for longer period than the recommended.Cleanse the mouth with Paroex every day after you have cleaned your teeth.

Make sure you measure your dosage using the cup that comes with the prescription. Smear the medication in your mouth for a minimum of 30 seconds, and then pour it out. Do not swallow the mouthwash.Don't include water in your oral rinse. Avoid rinsing your mouth with mouthwashes, water, or anything else following the use of Paroex.

Paroex could leave a bitter taste in the mouth. Don't rinse your mouth to get rid of this taste after you have taken the medicine. The medicine could be rinsed off, decreasing its effectiveness.Make sure to take this medicine for the prescribed duration. Your symptoms may get better before the gingivitis has completely gone away. Paroex is not able to treat fungal or viral infections such as cold sores, canker sores, and oral thrush (a yeast infection).

Visit your dentist at least every six months for the prevention of gum disease and tooth decay.

Storage: Place Paroex in a cool, dry place away from heat and humidity.

What happens If I miss a dose?

Take the missed dose whenever you can remember it, and be sure to brush your teeth before. Avoid any missed doses if you are close to the time of the next dose. Don't use any extra medication to make up for the missed dose.

What happens if I overdose?

For medical emergencies, seek emergency treatment or contact the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222, in particular if your child has consumed four or more ounces of Paroex.

A chlorhexidine overdose would only occur if the drug was swallowed. The symptoms of an overdose could consist of nausea, stomach pain, and the impression of being drunk.

What should be avoided?

Paroex can stain dentures, teeth, restorations of your teeth, and your tongue. It can also stain the interior of your mouth. Discuss with your dentist ways to eliminate the staining on these surfaces. The staining may be more difficult to remove from fake teeth with scratches on their surfaces.

Avoid drinking, eating, and brushing your teeth for a few minutes after taking this medication.Do not apply any other mouthwash unless your physician has advised you to.

Interaction with other drugs

It's unlikely that other medications you take in the form of injectables or oral medications can affect Paroex. However, many drugs interfere with each other. Be sure to inform your health care professionals about the medicines you take, which include prescription and non-prescription drugs, vitamins, and herbs.