Mouth Ulcers? Try Kenalog in Orabase
29 May, 2012
Every gram of Kenalog in Orabase is composed of an emollient dental paste containing 0.1% (1 mg) of triamcinolone acetonide. The dental paste also contains carboboxymethylcellulose sodium, pectin and gelatin in mineral oil gel base, polyethylene and plasticized hydrocarbon gel (plastibase). Kenalog in Orabase is a very effective medicine for treating mouth ulcers and oral irritation.
How Does Kenalog in Orabase Treat Mouth Ulcers?
Kenalog in Orabase is a part of a group of drugs named as synthetic corticosteroids and it possesses antiallergic, antipruritic and anti-inflammatory properties. Emollient dental paste serves as an adhesive vehicle for the application of the drug to the affected area. The vehicle also lays a protective coating that assists in temporarily lowering the pain caused due to mouth ulcers and oral irritation.
While using Kenalog in Orabase to treat mouth ulcers, exactly follow the instructions given by your doctor for the safe application of the drug. Press approximately a quarter inch of a dab of the medicine to the lesion until you notice a thin film. Depending upon the severity of mouth ulcers and lesions, you may need to apply a bit more of the drug, however be careful not to apply it in too large quantities since it may be harmful. For the best results, apply only enough to form a thin film over the lesion. Strictly avoid rubbing, if you try to rub the drug, it may lead to a gritty, granular sensation and cause crumbling of the paste. If you apply the preparation in an appropriate manner, you’ll notice a slippery and smooth film on the affected portion. Kenalog in Orabase should be applied before going to bed to enhance the contact of the steroid with mouth ulcers during the night. Depending upon the severity of mouth ulcers, it might become essential to apply the drug twice or thrice every day after having food. In case substantial regeneration or recovery from the mouth ulcers does not happen in a week, medical advice becomes necessary.
Note that you should use steroids only for the duration, your doctor has recommended. Long term usage of Kenalog in Orabase may evoke modification of glucose metabolism, peptic ulcer stimulation and adrenal suppression to name a few. These effects can usually be reversed by stopping the administration of the drug.
Certain precautions must be taken whilst using Kenalog in Orabase for the treatment of mouth ulcers and lesions. Ask the doctor for precautions pertaining to your medical condition. Patients suffering from diabetes mellitus, peptic ulcers or tuberculosis should not commence the use of this medicine without discussing with the health-care-provider first. Should sensitization or local irritation develop, the doctor may advise you to quit applying the drug and may suggest alternative therapy. Pregnant women or those who plan to get pregnant should strictly use Kenalog in Orabase under a medical practitioner’s supervision.
Even though the drug interactions of Kenalog in Orabase do not produce any serious effects, you should intimate your doctor if you are using any other drugs while you are taking a treatment with this drug. The use of Kenalog in Orabase is contraindicated in people who are hypersensitive to any ingredients of this medicine. Due to the presence of a corticosteroid, the use is also contraindicated in people suffering from bacterial, viral or fungal infections of the throat or mouth.