Chlorhexidine, marketed under brand names such as Peridex, is an oral rinse mouthwash used in the treatment of gingivitis. Farmington Drugs & Medical Supplies provides patients who need Chlorhexidine prescriptions at our home pharmacy or via free local deliveries for prescription refills.
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Peridex (chlorhexidine gluconate 0.12%) is an oral rinse medication used in people with gum issues such as gingivitis. Peridex has antimicrobial activity and is thought to reduce the counts of both aerobic and anaerobic bacteria when used over months. Peridex is often used between dental visits when managing gingivitis and bleeding secondary to probing of the gums. Chlorhexidine gluconate is not well absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract but is somewhat absorbed from the oral cavity after rinsing. Chlorhexidine gluconate is primarily excreted from the feces. The utility of Peridex (chlorhexidine gluconate) in patients with periodontitis is not well known.
Chlorhexidine – Side Effects
Chlorhexidine gluconate mouthwash can cause side effects when used. Side effects associated with chlorhexidine use include oral irritation, dry mouth, paresthesia, aphthous ulcer, keratinization and redness. Anyone with an allergy or hypersensitivity to chlorhexidine gluconate oral rinse or other ingredients in the mouthwash should not use the medication. Peridex may cause an increase in subgingival calculus. Before using chlorhexidine (Peridex), questions about possible side effects should be discussed with a pharmacist and one’s medical provider.
Chlorhexidine 0.12% rinse is considered very affordable, costing under $10 at many pharmacies for 1 bottle (473 mL) of chlorhexidine 0.12% rinse. Online chlorhexidine coupons are also available at times and insurance plans may cover the cost of the oral mouthwash for some people. Farmington Drugs & Medical Supplies takes pride in offering the most cost efficient services and prescriptions to our patients.
The Peridex (chlorhexidine gluconate) dosage used is frequently 15mL of undiluted Peridex mouthwash rinsed twice daily for 30 seconds in the morning and evening. Peridex treatment is often started after a dental visit and reevaluation is necessary while chlorhexidine gluconate is being used. Immediately after use of chlorhexidine gluconate mouthwash, it is not recommended to brush one’s teeth or eat food. Peridex (chlorhexidine rinse) should be stored at 20° C to 25° C.
Given the evolving nature of medicine and science, this information might not be accurate and should not be construed as medical advice or diagnosis / treatment recommendations. Please consult a licensed medical provider if you have additional questions.