Amlexanox
   

Amlexanox
Pronunciation
Brand Names
Therapeutic Categories
Reasons not to take this medicine
What is this medicine used for?
How does it work?
How is it best taken?
What do I do if I miss a dose?
What are the precautions when taking this medicine?
What are the common side effects of this medicine?
What should I monitor?
Reasons to call healthcare provider immediately
How should I store this medicine?
General statements

Pronunciation
(am LEKS an oks)

Brand Names
Aphthasol™

Therapeutic Categories
Anti-inflammatory, Locally Applied

Reasons not to take this medicine

  • If you have an allergy to amlexanox or any other part of the medicine.


What is this medicine used for?

  • This medicine is used for the treatment of aphthous ulcers in patients with normal immune systems.


How does it work?

  • Amlexanox improves healing of these ulcers. It has anti-inflammatory actions.


How is it best taken?

  • Use as soon as symptoms of ulcer start. Use after meals and at bedtime.
  • Wash your hands before and after use.
  • Clean teeth first then squeeze a dab on finger. Dab onto each ulcer in mouth. Use gentle pressure.
  • Use medicine until ulcer heals.
  • Keep away from nose and eyes.
  • Do not swallow medicine. Only to be put on mouth ulcers.


What do I do if I miss a dose?

  • Apply a missed dose as soon as possible.
  • If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed one. Return to your regular schedule.
  • Do not apply a double dose or extra doses.


What are the precautions when taking this medicine?

  • Tell healthcare provider if you are allergic to any medicine. Make sure to tell about the allergy and how it affected you. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, throat; or any other symptoms involved.
  • Tell healthcare provider if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant.
  • Tell healthcare provider if you are breast-feeding.


What are the common side effects of this medicine?

  • Pain, stinging, or burning where this medicine is being used.


What should I monitor?

  • Healing of the ulcer. Is it better, worse, or the same?
  • Follow up with healthcare provider.


Reasons to call healthcare provider immediately

  • Signs of a life-threatening reaction. These include wheezing; tightness in the chest; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; fits; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.
  • If healing has not occurred after using this medicine for 10 days.
  • Rash or irritation in the mouth.


How should I store this medicine?

  • Store at room temperature.


General statements

  • Do not share your medicine with others and do not take anyone else's medicine.
  • Keep all medicine out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Keep a list of all your medicines (prescription, herbal/supplements, vitamins, over-the-counter) with you. Give this list to healthcare provider (doctor, nurse, pharmacist, physician assistant).
  • Talk with healthcare provider before starting any new medicine, including over-the-counter or natural products (herbs, vitamins).


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