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PerioChip (oral rinse)

Generic name: chlorhexidine gluconate (oral rinse) [klor-HEX-i-deen]
Brand names: Paroex, Peridex, PerioChip, Periogard
Classes of drugs: antiseptics and germicides; mouth; and products for the throat.

What is PerioChip?

PerioChip is a mouthwash with germicidal properties that reduces the amount of bacteria that can be found in the mouth. PerioChip can be used for treating gum disease (swelling, redness, swelling, bleeding gums). The medication is usually recommended by a dentist.

PerioChip is not used to treat any type of gingivitis. It is only used 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. PerioChip could also be used to treat conditions that are not covered in this medication guide.

Side effects of PerioChip

PerioChip may trigger an uncommon but severe allergic reaction that could be life-threatening. Take immediate medical assistance in the event that you exhibit any of the following symptoms that indicate an allergic reaction: hives, a severe skin rash, wheezing, difficulty breathing, and cold sweats. You may also feel like you're lightheaded, with swelling of your lips, face, or tongue.

PerioChip could result in serious side effects. Contact your physician immediately if you experience:

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

Common adverse effects of PerioChip include:

  • Mouth irritation;
  • Staining of teeth;
  • Dry mouth
  • Uninspiring or unpleasant taste that you get in your mouth.
  • Diminished taste sensation.

This isn't a complete list of all the side effects. Others could happen. Contact your physician for advice regarding medical effects. You can report any adverse reactions to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.


PerioChip could trigger an uncommon but serious allergic reaction that can become potentially 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 mouth, lips, face, or throat.

Do not give this medicine to a teenager or child without the advice of a physician. PerioChip could cause severe burns or irritation in children who are young.

Before you take this drug

It is not recommended to use this medication if you have an allergy to PerioChip. If you suffer from periodontal diseases, it is possible that you will require special treatments when you use PerioChip.

Do not give this medicine to your child or teenager without the advice of a physician. This medication could cause severe burns or irritation in young children. PerioChip is not a prescription drug for those under 18 years of age. Older. It isn't known if this medication will affect a newborn baby. Consult your physician if you are expecting or planning to be pregnant. It is unclear if chlorhexidine gluconate is absorbed into the breast milk or if it can affect nursing babies. Consult your physician if you are breastfeeding.

How to take PerioChip?

Follow the directions on the prescription label. Don't apply PerioChip in smaller or larger quantities or for longer periods than the recommended time. Make sure to rinse your mouth clean with PerioChip every day after you have cleaned your teeth.

Make sure you measure your dosage using the cup included with the medicine. Smear the medication in your mouth for a minimum of 30 seconds before spitting it out. Don't swallow the mouthwash. Don't mix water with your oral rinse. Avoid washing your mouth in mouthwash, water, or any other type immediately after you have used PerioChip.

PerioChip could leave an unpleasant flavor in the mouth. Don't rinse your mouth to get rid of the unpleasant taste following use of the drug. It is possible to rinse the medication off and decrease the effectiveness of the medication.

Take this medication for the entire prescribed duration of time. The symptoms could improve after the gingivitis has completely gone away. PerioChip does not treat fungal or viral infections, like cold sores, canker sores, or oral thrush (yeast infection). Visit your dentist at least every six months to ensure the prevention of gum and tooth decay. Keep PerioChip in a cool, dry place, far from heat and moisture.

Do I be concerned if I miss a dose?

Utilize the dose missed whenever it is remembered; however, make sure to brush the teeth before. Do not take any missed doses if it's nearing the time for the next dose. Don't use any extra medication to replace the missed dose.

What will happen if I take excessively?

Get medical attention immediately or contact the Poison Help Line at 1-800-222-1222, particularly if your child has consumed more than 4 ounces of PerioChip.

A chlorhexidine overdose would be the case only 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?

PerioChip can stain teeth, dentures, dental restorations, your tongue, or even inside your mouth. Discuss with your dentist methods to get rid of the staining on these areas. The staining may be more difficult to remove from false teeth with scratches on their surfaces.

Avoid drinking, eating, and brushing your teeth immediately after taking this medication.

Do not apply any other mouthwash unless your doctor has instructed you to.

Interaction with other drugs

It's not likely that other medications you take by mouth or inject will have an impact on your PerioChip. But there are many drugs that interact with each other. Inform your health professionals about any medications you take that include prescription and non-prescription medications, vitamins, and herbs.