- An antibiotic to kill bacteria around the sore
- An antihistamine or local anesthetic to reduce pain and discomfort
- An antifungal to reduce fungal growth
- A corticosteroid to treat inflammation
- An antacid to enhance coating of the other ingredients inside the mouth
Most formulations of magic mouthwash are intended to be used every four to six hours, and to be held in your mouth for one to two minutes before being either spit out or swallowed. It's recommended that you don't eat or drink for 30 minutes after using magic mouthwash so that the medicine has time to produce an effect. It's unclear how effective magic mouthwash is in treating oral mucositis. That's because of the lack of standardization in the formulations of mouthwash, and poorly designed studies done to gather data. Side effects of magic mouthwash may include problems with taste, a burning or tingling sensation in the mouth, drowsiness, constipation, diarrhea, and nausea. Well, its not like I don't already experience all of those side effects anyway! I'll have to ask the doctor about this at the next (and last) chemo.