What is this medication and its most common uses?Oravig is a medicine that is used to treat yeast infections of the mouth and throat. Oravig is available as a buccal tablet (applied between your cheek and gum).
What should I know when beginning and continuing on this medication?How does this medication work?
Oravig works by stopping the growth of fungus, thereby treating your infection.
What are the beneficial effects of this medication and when should I begin to have results?
What: Oravig may help relieve your symptoms and eliminate the infection.
When: Everyone responds differently to treatment, so try to be patient and follow your healthcare provider's directions. It is important that you use Oravig exactly as your healthcare provider has prescribed.
How do I know it is working?
You may start to notice an improvement in your symptoms. This is a good indicator that your medication is working. Your healthcare provider may ask you questions and order tests to assess how well your infection is being treated.
What are the possible side effects of this medication?The following is not a full list of side effects. Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your healthcare provider as soon as possible. Only your healthcare provider can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this medication.
More common side effects may include: changes in your taste, diarrhea, headache, nausea, stomach pain, vomiting.
Less common side effects may include:
Hypersensitivity reactions with symptoms such as hives; skin rash; swelling of your lips, tongue, or throat; trouble swallowing or breathing.
Who should not take this medication?Do not use Oravig if you are allergic to it, any of its ingredients, or to milk protein concentrate.
What should I tell my healthcare provider before I take the first dose of this medication?Tell your healthcare provider about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Oravig. Also, talk to your healthcare provider about your complete medical history, especially if you have liver problems, any other medical conditions, or if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
What is the usual dosage?The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your healthcare provider uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your healthcare provider may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your healthcare provider's approval.
Adults and children ≥16 years: Place one 50-milligram (mg) tablet to the upper gum region in your mouth once a day for 14 days.
How should I take this medication?Use Oravig exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider. Do not change your dose or stop using Oravig without first talking to your healthcare provider. Please review the instructions that came with your prescription on how to properly use your medication.
Apply Oravig in the morning, after you brush your teeth.
To apply Oravig, place the flat side of the tablet on your dry fingertip. Gently push the rounded side of the tablet against the upper gum, just above the incisor tooth (the tooth just to the right or left of your two front teeth). The flat side will be facing the inside of your lip. Hold the tablet in place by applying a slight pressure with your finger on the outside of your upper lip for 30 seconds. This will make the tablet stick to your gum. Leave the tablet in place until it dissolves. Before applying your next dose, be sure to clear away any remaining Oravig tablet material.
You should change where you place Oravig, between the left and right side of your upper gum, with each use. It is okay if the tablet sticks to your cheek, the inside of your lip, or your gum.
If Oravig does not stick or falls off of your gum within the first 6 hours, use the same tablet and place it in a new position. If it still does not stick, replace it with a new tablet.
If you swallow Oravig within the first 6 hours of placing it, drink a glass of water, and place a new tablet to your gum once.
If the tablet falls off or you swallow it after it was in place for 6 hours or more, do not apply a new tablet until the next regularly scheduled dose.
Check to see if Oravig is still in place after you brush your teeth, rinse your mouth, eat, or drink.
You may eat and drink while you are using Oravig.
Oravig should not be crushed, chewed, or swallowed.
What should I avoid while taking this medication?Avoid activities that may prevent Oravig from sticking to your gum, such as touching or pressing Oravig after placement, wearing upper dentures (false teeth), chewing-gum, hitting tablet when brushing your teeth, or rinsing your mouth too vigorously.
What are the possible food and drug interactions associated with this medication?If Oravig is used with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your healthcare provider before combining Oravig with the following: blood thinners (such as warfarin), diabetes medicines, ergot medications (such as dihydroergotamine or ergotamine), or phenytoin.
May I receive this medication if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?The effects of Oravig during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Do not use Oravig if you are breastfeeding. Tell your healthcare provider immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
What should I do if I miss a dose of this medication?If you miss a dose of Oravig, apply it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not apply two doses at once.
How should I store this medication?Store at room temperature and keep Oravig dry.