Viscous Lidocaine Shortage

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Author: Bob Brensel | President, Pharmacist | ScriptWorks

Bob Brensel, RPh, earned his Pharmacy Degree at University of the Pacific in Stockton, California in 1980. He was honored as a student with the Longs Drugs Stores, “Outstanding Intern Scholarship” in 1977. Read More →

Addressing an Important Need in Oral Issues and Conditions

I have been informed that we can no longer obtain Viscous Lidocaine™ which is a gel that is one of the ingredients in a very important compound called Magic Mouthwash.

The Missing Ingredient​

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How a Compounding Pharmacy Has Answered the Call

One very important compounded formulation that contains viscous lidocaine is Magic Mouthwash. Magic mouthwash is a term used to describe a type of oral rinse that combines various medications to relieve pain and inflammation in the mouth and throat.

At ScriptWorks, our team of clinical pharmacists have developed an alternative formula where we make the lidocaine with comparable properties from scratch so that our patients won’t have to suffer during this temporary drug shortage.

The Use of Magic Mouthwash

Magic Mouthwash is most often used by dentists for inflammation including canker sores and other conditions that cause pain in the mouth. More commonly, magic mouthwash is prescribed for patients undergoing chemotherapy or radiation therapy. The side effects of these treatments are often oral mucositis and that is often relieved by swishing magic mouthwash around the mouth.

Magic Mouthwash is most often used by dentists for inflammation including canker sores and other conditions that cause pain in the mouth. More commonly, magic mouthwash is prescribed for patients undergoing chemotherapy or radiation therapy. The side effects of these treatments are often oral mucositis and that is often relieved by swishing magic mouthwash around the mouth.

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