What is Arestin?Arestin is a medicine used in combination with certain dental procedures to treat periodontitis. Arestin is administered subgingivally (below your gum line).
What is the most important information I should know about Arestin?The use of Arestin during tooth development (last half of pregnancy, infancy, and childhood to the age of 8 years) may cause permanent discoloration of your teeth (yellow-gray brown).
Arestin can cause an exaggerated sunburn reaction when exposed to sunlight or ultraviolet light.
Arestin can cause severe allergic reactions (such as facial swelling, skin swelling, itching, or severe rash). Tell your dentist immediately if you experience difficulty breathing, itching, pain, rash, reddening, swelling or other signs and symptoms of possible allergic reactions.
Arestin can cause autoimmune syndromes (a range of diseases characterized by the body's immune system mistakenly attacking the body). Tell your doctor immediately if you experience joint pain, fever, muscle pain, rash, swelling, or weakness.
Who should not take Arestin?Your dentist will not administer Arestin to you if you are allergic to it, any of its ingredients, or to other tetracycline antibiotics.
What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Arestin?Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Arestin. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have a history of oral candidiasis (fungal infection in the mouth), have a weak immune system (such as with chemotherapy, diabetes, HIV infection [AIDS], or radiation therapy), or are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
What is the usual dosage?The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.
Adults: Your dentist will prescribe and administer the appropriate dose for you.
How should I take Arestin?Your dentist will administer Arestin to you.
What should I avoid while taking Arestin?Do not become exposed to excessive sunlight or artificial ultraviolet light while on Arestin treatment.
Do not chew hard, crunchy, or sticky foods (such as carrots, taffy, or gum) with the treated teeth for at least 1 week after Arestin treatment. Also, do not touch treated areas.
Do not use mechanical oral hygiene procedures (such as tooth brushing or flossing) that clean between your teeth for at least 10 days after Arestin treatment.
Do not become pregnant while on Arestin therapy.
What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Arestin?No significant interactions have been reported with Arestin at this time. However, always tell your doctor about any medicines you take, including over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
What are the possible side effects of Arestin?Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.
Side effects may include: dental pain, "flu-like" symptoms, gingivitis (gum disease), headache, infections, inflammation of the throat, mouth sores, pain, stomatitis (inflammation of the mucous lining of the mouth), tooth disorders, upset stomach
Can I receive Arestin if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?Arestin may cause harm to your unborn baby if you receive it during pregnancy. Arestin can be found in your breast milk if you receive it while breastfeeding. Do not breastfeed while you are on Arestin. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
What should I do if I miss a dose of Arestin?Arestin should be given under special circumstances determined by your dentist.
How should I store Arestin?Your dentist will store this medication for you.