"Introduction to dental medications
There are several types of medications that are used to manage a variety of diseases involving the oral cavity (mouth) that are part of good dental care. The medications discussed in this article h"...
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IMPORTANT: HOW TO USE THIS INFORMATION: This is a summary and does NOT have all possible information about this product. This information does not assure that this product is safe, effective, or appropriate for you. This information is not individual medical advice and does not substitute for the advice of your health care professional. Always ask your health care professional for complete information about this product and your specific health needs.
DOXYCYCLINE GEL - DENTAL
COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Atridox
USES: This medication is used to treat adult gum disease (periodontitis). Doxycycline belongs to a class of drugs known as tetracycline antibiotics. When applied to the infected tooth pockets, this medication works by preventing the growth of bacteria. This medication is a gel that your dental professional places into the infected tooth pocket. It becomes wax-like when it comes in contact with saliva. Doxycycline is then slowly released from the hardened gel over the next 7 days.
HOW TO USE: Read the Patient Information Leaflet provided by your pharmacist before you start using doxycycline gel. If you have any questions, talk to your dentist or pharmacist.
Dosage is based on your medical condition and response to treatment.
The dental professional will prepare each dose before placing this product into the infected tooth pocket(s).
After this medication is placed in your tooth pocket(s), do not brush or floss around the treated teeth for 7 days. Avoid using the treated teeth to chew, and do not eat hard, crunchy, or chewy foods for at least 7 days. Your dentist may prescribe a dental rinse to be used during the time you should avoid brushing and flossing. Follow your dentist's directions carefully.
Do not worry if you see bits of this product come out of the treated tooth pockets. This product is harmless if swallowed.
Your dental professional may apply a second treatment with this product after 4 months. Keep all of your dental appointments while using this medication.
Tell your dentist if your condition persists or worsens.
Additional Atridox Information
Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
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