If You Use This Mouthwash, the FDA Says to Stop Immediately

The FDA just issued a warning about an oral rinse recall that could affect your morning routine.

Before you groggily reach in your medicine cabinet in the morning to take care of your oral hygiene, you need to give your mouthwash an extra look. Americans are being advised to check their oral rinses after a major recall was issued on a mouthwash commonly prescribed to patients with gingivitis. According to a recall notice posted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the product in question, GUM Paroex, may be contaminated with bacteria. Read on to find out if your morning routine is affected, and for another recall to be aware of, check out If You Have This Spice in Your Pantry, the FDA Says Check It Immediately.

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It's a popular prescription mouthwash that's been recalled.

GUM Paroex® Chlorhexidine Gluconate Oral Rinse USP has been recalled
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The mouthwash in question is GUM Paroex® Chlorhexidine Gluconate Oral Rinse USP, 0.12%, manufactured by Sunstar Americas, Inc. (SAI) of Schaumburg, Illinois. GUM Paroex is distributed nationwide via dental offices, pharmacies, and pharmaceutical wholesalers to be prescribed to patients.

The potentially contaminated products are in an amber colored bottle and labeled 1789P (in a 473 mL bottle) and 1788P (118.25 mL bottle). The expiration dates on the mouthwash in question run from Dec. 31, 2020 to Sep. 30, 2022.

This is an expansion of the mouthwash recall SAI had issued in late October. For another medicinal recall you need to know about, check out If You Have This OTC Medicine, You Need to Check Your Bottle Immediately

The mouthwash is particularly damaging to those who are immunocompromised.

Woman gargling with oral rinse in the washroom
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The concern is that the GUM Paroex mouthwash may be contaminated with the bacteria Burkholderia lata, which, if consumed by a person who's already immunocompromised, can result in oral infections requiring antibacterial therapy. Among particularly vulnerable patients, there is a further risk of potentially fatal infections such as pneumonia and bacteremia. According to the FDA's report, 29 adverse reactions to the mouthwash have been reported to date. And for a different kind of danger that could be lurking in your home, check out If You Have This Fan at Home, Stop Using It Immediately.

And it's particularly dangerous to COVID-19 patients.

Girl doing her mouth hygiene in the morning.
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"Use of the contaminated Paroex on patients with pre-existing respiratory conditions, including those infected with COVID-19, is particularly unsafe," SAI notes in its recall notice.

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The FDA says to stop using the mouthwash immediately.

hand holding bottle of mouthwash isolated on white background
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According to the FDA, "Patients, pharmacies, and healthcare facilities in possession of these products should stop using and dispensing immediately." Patients should also contact their physician if they experience any ill-effects.

SAI is currently in the process of notifying its customers to arrange returns of the recalled products. And for other dangerous products that could be in your home, check out If You Have These Meats in Your Fridge, Get Rid of Them Immediately.

John Quinn
John Quinn is a London-based writer and editor who specializes in lifestyle topics. Read more
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