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Side Effects
Serious

No serious side effects are associated with amlexanox.
Common

Transient pain, stinging, or burning at site of application.
Less Common

Nausea, diarrhea, inflammation of the mucous membranes.
Amlexanox


Drug Class:
Antiaphthous ulcer drug

Available OTC?: No

Available Generic?: No

Available In
Why Prescribed
How It Works
Range and Frequency
Onset of Effect
Duration of Action
Dietary Advice
Storage
Missed Dose
Stopping the Drug
Prolonged Use
Over 60
Driving and Hazardous Work
Alcohol
Pregnancy
Breast Feeding
Infants and Children
Special Concerns
Overdose Symptoms
What to Do
Drug Interactions
Food Interactions
Disease Interactions


Available In
Adhesive oral paste

Why Prescribed
To help heal aphthous ulcers (canker sores) of the mouth. Amlexanox works best if it is taken as soon as such ulcers are diagnosed.

How It Works
The exact way in which amlexanox works is unknown. Studies have suggested that it inhibits the formation and release of substances in the body associated with allergic reactions and inflammation.

Range and Frequency
Apply 1/4 inch of paste on each lesion (mouth ulcer), four times a day.

Onset of Effect
Unknown.

Duration of Action
Unknown.

Dietary Advice
The paste is best applied after each meal and at bedtime.

Storage
Store in a tightly sealed container away from heat and direct light.

Missed Dose
Apply it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your regular dosage schedule. Do not double the next dose.

Stopping the Drug
Use this drug as prescribed for the full treatment period, even if you begin to feel better before the scheduled end of therapy.

Prolonged Use
You should see your doctor regularly for tests and examinations if you take this medicine for a prolonged period. If ulcers have not healed significantly or pain has not been reduced after 10 days, consult your doctor.

Over 60
It is not known whether amlexanox causes side effects in older patients different from or more severe than those in younger persons.

Driving and Hazardous Work
The use of amlexanox should not impair your ability to perform such tasks safely.

Alcohol
No special precautions are necessary.

Pregnancy
In animal studies, amlexanox has not caused birth defects or other problems. Human studies have not been done. Before you take amlexanox, tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.

Breast Feeding
Amlexanox may pass into breast milk; caution is advised. Consult your doctor for advice.

Infants and Children
The safety and effectiveness of amlexanox in children have not been established.

Special Concerns
Wash your hands immediately after applying amlexanox. Flush your eyes with water promptly if they come in contact with the paste. If a rash or inflammation of the mucous membranes develops, discontinue use of amlexanox and contact your doctor.

Overdose Symptoms
None have been reported.

What to Do
An overdose of amlexanox is very unlikely to occur. Emergency instructions are not applicable.

Drug Interactions
Consult your doctor for specific advice if you are taking any other prescription or over-the-counter drug.

Food Interactions
No known food interactions.

Disease Interactions
Caution is advised when taking amlexanox. Consult your doctor for specific advice if you have any other medical condition, especially a weakened immune system, which is prevalent in people receiving immunosuppressant drugs or chemotherapy, as well as those with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). The safety and effectiveness of amlexanox in persons with a weakened immune system have not been established. In addition, amlexanox should not be used by anyone who has had a previous allergic reaction to the medication or any other ingredient in the formulation.

Date Published: 04/13/2005
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