Periogard

Generic Name: Chlorhexidine

  • What is Periogard?

    Periogard is a medicine used to treat gingivitis (gum disease).

  • What is the most important information I should know about Periogard?

    Periogard can cause staining inside the mouth, such as on the tooth surfaces and the tongue. However, not all people will experience this.

    Some people may experience a change in taste while using Periogard.

  • Who should not take Periogard?

    Do not use Periogard if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Periogard?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Periogard. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history.

  • 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: The recommended dose is 15 milliliters (mL) twice a day.

  • How should I take Periogard?

    Take Periogard as directed by your doctor. Rinse for 30 seconds every morning and evening after brushing your teeth. You should spit out Periogard after rinsing. Do not rinse with water or other mouthwashes, brush your teeth, or eat immediately after using Periogard.

  • What should I avoid while taking Periogard?

    Do not use more medication than your doctor has prescribed.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Periogard?

    No significant interactions have been reported with Periogard 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 Periogard?

    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: change in taste, mouth irritation, staining of teeth and other mouth surfaces, tartar formation

  • Can I receive Periogard if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of Periogard during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. 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 Periogard?

    If you miss a dose of Periogard, use 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 take two doses at once.

  • How should I store Periogard?

    Store above freezing.