CORSODYL MOUTHWASH ORIGINAL
Active substance(s): CHLORHEXIDINE DIGLUCONATE SOLUTION
What is Corsodyl Mouthwash Original for?
The active ingredient is chlorhexidine digluconate which is an antibacterial agent that
reduces the formation of dental plaque and is used to:
• Treat & prevent gum disease (where gums may bleed when brushed)
• Promote gum healing after dental surgery or treatment
• Control mouth ulcers
• Maintain mouth hygiene
• Manage oral thrush and denture sore mouth
Check before you use
Do not use:
• If you have ever had an allergic reaction to chlorhexidine digluconate or any of the
other ingredients (see Storage and further information).
• In children under 12 years unless recommended by a dentist.
• Anywhere other than in your mouth. Wash thoroughly if you get any in your eyes or
• Immediately after brushing your teeth. See How to use for more information.
Take special care with Corsodyl
• Do not bleach fabrics that have been in contact with the mouthwash.
Pregnancy and breast feeding
• You can use Corsodyl if you are pregnant or breast feeding.
How to use
Use only if seal on cap is present and intact before opening.
• Contains alcohol. If swallowed by a child seek medical help.
• Do not swallow.
• Do not exceed the stated dose.
• Toothpastes can stop Corsodyl working. Rinse your mouth thoroughly with water and
wait 5 minutes after brushing your teeth before using Corsodyl. You can also use the
mouthwash at a different time of day.
• Use twice daily. Fill the cap to 10 ml line. Rinse mouth thoroughly for 1 minute then spit
• Gum disease: A one month course (600 ml) is recommended.
• Mouth ulcers & oral thrush: Continue to use for 2 days after healing has occurred.
• Denture sore mouth: Clean & soak your dentures in Corsodyl for 15 minutes twice a
• Dental surgery: Rinse as directed by your dentist.
If symptoms persist, see your dentist.
Possible side effects
Corsodyl can have side effects, but not everybody gets them.
• Stop using the mouthwash and seek immediate medical help if you get a rash, swelling
of the mouth or face or have difficulty breathing. These effects may be symptoms of a
severe allergic reaction which is very rare.
• Stop using the mouthwash and tell your dentist if you get irritation of the mouth,
soreness or swelling of the inside of the cheeks. These effects should go away when
treatment is stopped.
Other side effects that may occur:
• Temporary staining of the tongue. This disappears when treatment is stopped.
• Temporary staining of the teeth. This can normally be removed by brushing. You can
avoid staining by not drinking tea, coffee or red wine – especially one hour after use,
and by brushing daily with toothpaste (see How to use). If staining continues, it can be
removed with a scale & polish from your dentist or hygienist. You can clean your
dentures with denture cleaner.
• You may notice a change of taste or burning sensation when you first use the
mouthwash. This usually goes away with continued use.
• If peeling of the skin inside the mouth occurs, dilute Corsodyl with an equal amount of
If you get any side effects, even those not mentioned above, tell your doctor, dentist or
Storage and further information
Keep out of the reach and sight of children.
Do not use after the ‘EXP’ date shown on the pack.
Active ingredient: Chlorhexidine Digluconate 0.2% w/v.
Other ingredients: Ethanol 7% v/v, macrogolglycerol hydroxystearate, ponceau 4R (E124),
aniseed flavouring oil, peppermint oil and water. Colour E124 may cause allergic reactions.
Store below 25°C.
MA Holder: GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare (UK) Trading Limited, Brentford,
TW8 9GS, U.K. and all enquiries should be sent to this address.
The manufacturer is Purna Pharmaceuticals NV, Rijksweg 17, 2870 Puurs, Belgium.
Corsodyl is a registered trade mark owned by or licensed to the GSK group of companies.
Text revised: February 2016
Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency
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