chlorhexidine gluconate rinse - oral, Peridex, Periogard
GENERIC NAME: CHLORHEXIDINE GLUCONATE RINSE - ORAL (klor-hex-EH-deen)
BRAND NAME(S): Peridex, Periogard
USES: This medication is used along with regular tooth brushing/flossing to treat gingivitis, a gum disease that causes red, swollen, and easily bleeding gums. Chlorhexidine belongs to a class of drugs known as antimicrobials. It works by decreasing the amount of bacteria in the mouth, helping to reduce swelling and redness of the gums and bleeding when you brush.OTHER This section contains uses of this drug that are not listed in the approved professional labeling for the drug but that may be prescribed by your health care professional. Use this drug for a condition that is listed in this section only if it has been so prescribed by your health care professional.This drug may also be used to help prevent tooth decay in those who are not able to brush their teeth (such as due to a broken jaw, periodontal surgery). Chlorhexidine has also been used in those with weakened immune systems to decrease the formation of mouth sores (mucositis), and used to help prevent pneumonia in hospitalized patients breathing through a ventilator.
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