Need a little magic relief?
Magic mouthwash is a name given to a category of mouthwashes that are prescription strength and made by a compounding pharmacist.
They are intended to provide relief and promote healing for a variety of painful mouth sores or conditions.
While there is some debate on the effectiveness of these rinses, if you are suffering with a sore mouth it is definitely worth a try.
There are some conditions that need a definitive treatment beyond treating the symptoms with magic rinses.
Other conditions have no known cure and this type of mouthwash could provide much needed relief.
Since these products have to be prescribed, see your dentist or physician.
The combination of Ingredients used varies depending on the condition being treated.
Diphenhydramine or Glucocorticoids to decrease inflammation
Lidocaine - a local anesthetic that numbs the area and relieves pain
Nystatin- antifungal for candidiasis (thrush)
Maalox or Sucralfate - coating agents
Tetracycline or Erythromycin - antibiotics
Compounded mouthwash can be used for those who have a sore mouth from chemotherapy or radiation, canker sores, aphthous ulcers or a fungal infection.
One of the ingredients in many magic rinses is lidocaine. Lidocaine will numb your mouth and temporarily relieve your pain but you may not like being numb. Decreasing the frequency or dose may help you tolerate the numbness.
Some compounded mouthwash is very expensive.
The cost ranges from $50 - $100 per bottle. If using the rinse is optional, it is a good idea to ask for a price before having your prescription filled.
If you have a chronic, recurring or long term condition that is impacting your daily life and making it difficult to eat, talk, or go about your daily routine, a magic mouthwash of some type may provide much needed relief.
If your dentist or physician has not heard of these products, contact your pharmacy.
Compounding pharmacies are more likely to make these rinses and can work with your dentist or physician to determine what is best for you.