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Mouth Sores after Chemotherapy: OTC replacement for Magic Mouthwash?

By Dave / June 8, 2007

Question: I have been prescribed “magic Mouthwash” for treatment of mouth ulcers during chemotherapy. Is there an OTC substitute for the prescription?

Answer:

Hi Cindy,

If we are on the same page, magic mouthwash is a mixture of several different items: Benadryl, Maalox, Nystatin and Lidocaine. It is indeed prescribed post chemotherapy for avoiding the formation of mouth sores.

I’ve heard of people using just Benadryl and Maalox.

Of course, you should not change anything your doctor instructed you to do.

I’m not sure if there are any OTC replacements that would work but the person to ask is your pharmacist. They can tell you the answer for sure. Don’t go by stuff you read on the Internet. (including here)

Your pharmacist will know which things, if any, can be substituted for your prescription. The second thing to do is talk to your doctor if you are not happy with the cost of your prescription or the side effects or for any other reason.









 

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