Broadly appealing rinse avoids irritation associated with alcohol and delivers therapeutic benefits
Chicago, IL, April 6th, 2015 — With the launch of a new 4 oz size of GUM® Paroex® Chlorhexidine Gluconate USP, 0.12% Oral Rinse, Sunstar Americas today reminded dental professionals that it has the only FDA-approved alcohol-free chlorhexidine rinse, which makes it possible for their entire patient base to have access to the same standard of care for the treatment of gingivitis. Paroex® is designed to be used as part of a professional program to treat gingivitis, leading to better gum health.
According to the company, other chlorhexidine rinses contain 11.6% alcohol as an inactive ingredient, yet they are no more therapeutically effective than alcohol-free Paroex®. Alcohol in oral rinses may cause a burning sensation. This can be a barrier to patient compliance, as patients who may need to avoid alcohol may decide to not use the rinse or even decline to have their prescriptions filled.
“Virtually every dental practice has some patients who may need to avoid alcohol, and many more who find that alcohol-containing rinses cause a burning sensation,” said Jim Doyle, Sunstar Americas Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “Paroex® is the perfect choice for these patients. In fact, given that alcohol-free Paroex® is therapeutically equivalent to the alcohol-containing rinses1, we believe Paroex® is the perfect choice for all patients.”
1 Leyes Borrajo JL, et al. Efficacy of chlorhexidine mouthrinses with and without alcohol: a clinical study. J Periodontol. 2002 Mar;73(3):317-21.
Finally, Mr. Doyle reminds us, “When in doubt, leave the alcohol out.”