GENERIC NAME: BENZYDAMINE - ORAL RINSE (ben-ZID-uh-meen)
HOW TO USE: This medication is a mouth rinse and/or gargle. It is not to be swallowed. Use this as directed. This may be diluted with equal amounts of water prior to rinsing or gargling if it causes irritation or burning. For mouth sores, place the prescribed amount in the mouth and try to keep the liquid in contact with the sores for at least 30 seconds before spitting it out. For a sore throat, gargle with the prescribed amount for at least 30 seconds before spitting it out.
SIDE EFFECTS: This may cause burning, stinging or numbness in the mouth or throat. Throat irritation, cough, dry mouth with thirst, and headache have also been reported. If any of these effects continue or become bothersome, inform your doctor. Notify your doctor if you experience: drowsiness, nausea or vomiting. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
PRECAUTIONS: Tell your doctor if you have: kidney problems, any allergies. This medication should be used only if clearly needed during pregnancy. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. Because this medication may appear in breast milk, consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
DRUG INTERACTIONS: Tell your doctor of any over-the-counter or prescription medication you may take. Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.
OVERDOSE: If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. US residents can call the US national poison hotline at 1-800-222-1222. Canadian residents should call their local poison control center directly. This medicine may be harmful if swallowed.
NOTES: Use of this medication is not recommended in children under 5 years of age because they may tend to swallow the medication instead of spitting it out.
MISSED DOSE: If you miss a dose, use this as soon as you remember then resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not "double-up" the dose to catch up.
STORAGE: Store at room temperature between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 to 30 degrees C) as directed. Keep out of reach of children.
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Sore throat (throat pain) usually is described as pain or discomfort in the throat area. A sore throat may be caused by bacterial infections, viral infections, toxins, irritants, trauma, or injury to the throat area. Common symptoms of a sore throat include a fever, cough, runny nose, hoarseness, earaches, sneezing, and body aches. Home remedies for a sore throat include warm soothing liquids and throat lozenges. OTC remedies for a sore throat include OTC pain relievers such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen. Antibiotics may be necessary for some cases of sore throat.
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