CORSODYL 0.2% MOUTHWASH
Active substance(s): CHLORHEXIDINE DIGLUCONATE SOLUTION
NAME OF THE MEDICINAL PRODUCT
Corsodyl 0.2% Mouthwash
QUALITATIVE AND QUANTITATIVE COMPOSITION
Chlorhexidine Digluconate 0.2% w/v
(equivalent to Chlorhexidine Digluconate Solution 1.028% w/w)
Also contains macrogolglycerol hydroxystearate. For a full list of excipients,
see section 6.1.
A clear to slightly opalescent, transparent solution with an odour of
For inhibition of the formation of dental plaque.
As an aid in the treatment and prevention of gingivitis and in the maintenance
of oral hygiene, particularly in situations where toothbrushing cannot be
adequately employed (e.g. following oral surgery, in mentally or physically
Also for use in a post-periodontal surgery or treatment* regimen to promote
*NB: Use as part of a post-periodontal treatment regimen has only been
adequately studied over the short term and following standard root surface
It is useful in the management of aphthous ulceration and oral candidal
infections (e.g. denture stomatitis and thrush).
Posology and method of administration
Thoroughly rinse the mouth for about one minute with 10 ml twice daily. Spit
out after use. In the dental surgery the patient should be instructed to rinse the
mouth for one minute prior to treatment.
For the treatment of gingivitis a course of about one month is advisable
although some variation in response is to be expected. In the case of aphthous
ulceration and oral candidal infections treatment should be continued for 48
hours after clinical resolution. For the treatment of dental stomatitis the
dentures should be cleansed and soaked in Corsodyl 0.2% Mouthwash for
fifteen minutes twice daily.
Do not exceed the stated dose.
Children and the Elderly:
The normal adult dose is appropriate for elderly patients and children of 12
years and over unless otherwise recommended by the dentist or the physician.
Children under 12 years of age should not use the product unless
recommended by a healthcare professional.
Route of administration
Oromucosal use. [This product is not intended to be swallowed].
Corsodyl 0.2% Mouthwash is contraindicated for patients who have
previously shown a hypersensitivity reaction to Chlorhexidine or to any of the
excipients in the formulation. However, such reactions are extremely rare.
Special warnings and precautions for use
For oromucosal use only. Do not swallow. Keep out of the eyes and ears.
If the mouthwash comes into contact with the eyes, wash out promptly and
thoroughly with water.
In case of soreness, swelling or irritation of the mouth, stop using the product and
consult a healthcare professional.
Corsodyl 0.2% Mouthwash is incompatible with anionic agents which are usually
present in conventional dentifrices. These should therefore be used before Corsodyl
0.2% Mouthwash (rinsing the mouth between applications) or at a different time of
In case of, swelling, or difficulty breathing stop using the product and seek immediate
medical help. Transient disturbances of taste sensation and a numbness, tingling or
burning sensation of the tongue may occur on initial use of the mouthwash. These
effects usually diminish with continued use. If the condition persists, consult a
Discoloration of the teeth and tongue may occur. The stain is not permanent and can
largely be prevented by reducing the consumption of dietary chromagens such as tea,
coffee or red wine. In the case of dentures this can be prevented by cleaning with a
conventional denture cleaner. In certain cases professional treatment (scaling and
polishing) may be required to remove the stain completely. Stained anterior toothcoloured restorations with poor margins or rough surfaces which are not adequately
cleaned by professional prophylaxis may require replacement. Similarly where
normal toothbrushing is not possible, for example with intermaxillary fixation, or
with extensive orthodontic appliances, scaling and polishing may also be required
once the underlying condition has been resolved.
Macrogolglygerol hydroxystearate may cause skin reactions.
Interaction with other medicinal products and other forms of interaction
Chlorhexidine is incompatible with anionic agents.
Fertility, Pregnancy and lactation
There is no evidence of any adverse effects on the foetus arising from the use
of chlorhexidine digluconate during pregnancy or on infants during lactation.
Therefore no special precautions are recommended.
Effects on ability to drive and use machines
None have been reported or are known.
Adverse events are listed below by system organ class and frequency. Frequencies are
defined as: Very common (≥1/10); common (≥1/100 to <1/10); uncommon (≥1/1000
to <1/100); rare (≥1/10,000 to <1/1000); and very rare (<1/10,000). The data from
clinical trials are estimates. Post-marketing data refer to reporting rate rather than true
Clinical Trial Data
Very Common: Tongue coated
Nervous system disorders
Aguesia / dysguesia
Oral paraesthesia / hypoaesthesia
Post Marketing Data
Discoloration of the teeth and tongue (see section 4.4)
Irritation of the mouth (see section 4.4)
Desquamation / swelling of oral mucosa (see section 4.4)
Parotid gland swelling
Immune System Disorders
Hypersensitivity and anaphylaxis (see section 4.3 and 4.4)
Undesirable effects are generally minor and local in nature.
Reporting of suspected adverse reactions
Reporting suspected adverse reactions after authorisation of the medicinal product is
important. It allows continued monitoring of the benefit/risk balance of the medicinal
product. Healthcare professionals are asked to report any suspected adverse reactions
via the Yellow Card Scheme at: www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard.
This has not been reported.
Chlorhexidine taken orally is poorly absorbed.
Systemic effects are unlikely even if large volumes are ingested. However,
gastric lavage may be advisable using milk, raw egg, gelatin or mild soap.
Employ supportive measures as appropriate.
Pharmacotherapeutic group: anti-infectives and antiseptics for local oral
ATC code: A01AB03
Corsodyl 0.2% Mouthwash contains 0.2% w/v chlorhexidine digluconate
which is an antimicrobial preparation for external use. It is effective against a
wide range of Gram negative and Gram positive vegetative bacteria, yeasts,
dermatophyte fungi and lipophilic viruses. It is active against a wide range of
important oral pathogens and is therefore effective in the treatment of many
common dental conditions.
Because of its cationic nature, chlorhexidine binds strongly to skin, mucosa
and tissues and is thus very poorly absorbed. No detectable blood levels have
been found following oral use.
Preclinical safety data
No information further to that contained in other sections of the SPC is
List of excipients
Sorbitol liquid (non-crystallising)
Hypochlorite bleaches may cause brown stains to develop in fabrics that have
previously been in contact with preparations containing chlorhexidine.
Shelf life after opening: 3 months
Special precautions for storage
Store below 25 ºC
Nature and contents of container
Oriented amber polyethylene terephthalate bottle with plastic screw cap made
from white food grade polypropylene.
Each bottle contains 300 ml.
Special precautions for disposal
MARKETING AUTHORISATION HOLDER
GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare (UK) Trading Limited,
980 Great West Road
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