Label: PERIDEX- chlorhexidine gluconate rinse
- NDC Code(s): 48878-0620-1, 48878-0620-2, 48878-0620-3
- Packager: 3M ESPE Dental Products
- Category: HUMAN PRESCRIPTION DRUG LABEL
- DEA Schedule: None
- Marketing Status: New Drug Application
Updated March 29, 2023
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Peridex™ (Chlorhexidine Gluconate 0.12%) Oral Rinse is an oral rinse containing 0.12% chlorhexidine gluconate (1, 11-hexamethylene bis [5-(p-chlorophenyl) biguanide] di-D-gluconate) in a base containing water, 11.6% alcohol, glycerin, PEG-40 sorbitan diisostearate, flavor, sodium saccharin, and FD&C Blue No. 1. Peridex is a near-neutral solution (pH range 5-7). Chlorhexidine gluconate is a salt of chlorhexidine and gluconic acid. Its chemical structure is:
Peridex™ (Chlorhexidine Gluconate 0.12%) Oral Rinse provides antimicrobial activity during oral rinsing. The clinical significance of Peridex oral rinse's antimicrobial activities is not clear. Microbiological sampling of plaque has shown a general reduction of counts of certain assayed bacteria, both aerobic and anaerobic, ranging from 54-97% through six months use. Use of Peridex in a six month clinical study did not result in any significant changes in bacteria resistance, overgrowth of potentially opportunistic organisms or other adverse changes in the oral microbial ecosystem. Three months after Peridex use was discontinued, the number of bacteria in plaque had returned to baseline levels and resistance of plaque bacteria to chlorhexidine gluconate was equal to that at baseline.
Pharmacokinetic studies with Peridex indicate approximately 30% of the active ingredient, chlorhexidine gluconate, is retained in the oral cavity following rinsing. This retained drug is slowly released into the oral fluids. Studies conducted on human subjects and animals demonstrate chlorhexidine gluconate is poorly absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract. The mean plasma level of chlorhexidine gluconate reached a peak of 0.206 mcg/g in humans 30 minutes after they ingested a 300mg dose of the drug. Detectable levels of chlorhexidine gluconate were not present in the plasma of these subjects 12 hours after the compound was administered. Excretion of chlorhexidine gluconate occurred primarily through the feces (~90%). Less than 1% of the chlorhexidine gluconate ingested by these subjects was excreted in the urine.
Peridex is indicated for use between dental visits as part of a professional program for the treatment of gingivitis as characterized by redness and swelling of the gingivae, including gingival bleeding upon probing. Peridex has not been tested among patients with acute necrotizing ulcerative gingivitis (ANUG). For patients having coexisting gingivitis and periodontitis, see PRECAUTIONS.
The effect of Peridex on periodontitis has not been determined. An increase in supragingival calculus was noted in clinical testing in Peridex users compared with control users. It is not known if Peridex use results in an increase in subgingival calculus. Calculus deposits should be removed by a dental prophylaxis at intervals not greater than six months.
Anaphylaxis, as well as serious allergic reactions, have been reported during postmarketing use with dental products containing chlorhexidine.
- For patients having coexisting gingivitis and periodontitis, the presence or absence of gingival inflammation following treatment with Peridex should not be used as a major indicator of underlying periodontitis.
- Peridex can cause staining of oral surfaces, such as tooth surfaces, restorations, and the dorsum of the tongue. Not all patients will experience a visually significant increase in toothstaining. In clinical testing, 56% of Peridex users exhibited a measurable increase in facial anterior stain, compared to 35% of control users after six months; 15% of Peridex users developed what was judged to be heavy stain, compared to 1% of control users after six months. Stain will be more pronounced in patients who have heavier accumulations of unremoved plaque. Stain resulting from use of Peridex does not adversely affect health of the gingivae or other oral tissues. Stain can be removed from most tooth surfaces by conventional professional prophylactic techniques. Additional time may be required to complete the prophylaxis. Discretion should be used when prescribing to patients with anterior facial restorations with rough surfaces or margins. If natural stain cannot be removed from these surfaces by a dental prophylaxis, patients should be excluded from Peridex treatment if permanent discoloration is unacceptable. Stain in these areas may be difficult to remove by dental prophylaxis and on rare occasions may necessitate replacement of these restorations.
- Some patients may experience an alteration in taste perception while undergoing treatment with Peridex. Rare instances of permanent taste alteration following Peridex use have been reported via post-marketing product surveillance.
Pregnancy: Teratogenic Effects. Reproduction studies have been performed in rats and rabbits at chlorhexidine gluconate doses up to 300mg/kg/day and 40mg/kg/day, respectively, and have not revealed evidence of harm to fetus. However, adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women have not been done. Because animal reproduction studies are not always predictive of human response, this drug should be used during pregnancy only if clearly needed.
Nursing Mothers: It is not known whether this drug is excreted in human milk. Because many drugs are excreted in human milk, caution should be exercised when Peridex is administered to nursing women. In parturition and lactation studies with rats, no evidence of impaired parturition or of toxic effects to suckling pups was observed when chlorhexidine gluconate was administered to dams at doses that were over 100 times greater than that which would result from a person's ingesting 30ml (2 capfuls) of Peridex per day.
Pediatric Use: Clinical effectiveness and safety of Peridex™ (Chlorhexidine Gluconate 0.12%) Oral Rinse have not been established in children under the age of 18.
Carcinogenesis, Mutagenesis, and Impairment of Fertility: In a drinking water study in rats, carcinogenic effects were not observed at doses up to 38mg/kg/day. Mutagenic effects were not observed in two mammalian in vivo mutagenesis studies with chlorhexidine gluconate. The highest doses of chlorhexidine used in a mouse dominant-lethal assay and a hamster cytogenetics test were 1000mg/kg/day and 250mg/kg/day, respectively. No evidence of impaired fertility was observed in rats at doses up to 100mg/kg/day.
The most common side effects associated with chlorhexidine gluconate oral rinses are: 1) an increase in staining of teeth and other oral surfaces; 2) an increase in calculus formation; and 3) an alteration in taste perception, see WARNINGS and PRECAUTIONS. Oral irritation and local allergy-type symptoms have been spontaneously reported as side effects associated with use of chlorhexidine gluconate rinse. The following oral mucosal side effects were reported during placebo-controlled adult clinical trials: aphthous ulcer, grossly obvious gingivitis, trauma, ulceration, erythema, desquamation, coated tongue, keratinization, geographic tongue, mucocele, and short frenum. Each occurred at a frequency of less than 1%. Among post marketing reports, the most frequently reported oral mucosal symptoms associated with Peridex are stomatitis, gingivitis, glossitis, ulcer, dry mouth, hypesthesia, glossal edema, and paresthesia. Minor irritation and superficial desquamation of the oral mucosa have been noted in patients using Peridex. There have been cases of parotid gland swelling and inflammation of the salivary glands (sialadenitis) reported in patients using Peridex.
Ingestion of 1 or 2 ounces of Peridex by a small child (~1O kg body weight) might result in gastric distress, including nausea, or signs of alcohol intoxication. Medical attention should be sought if more than 4 ounces of Peridex is ingested by a small child or if signs of alcohol intoxication develop.
DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION:
Peridex therapy should be initiated directly following a dental prophylaxis. Patients using Peridex should be reevaluated and given a thorough prophylaxis at intervals no longer than six months. Recommended use is twice daily oral rinsing for 30 seconds, morning and evening after toothbrushing. Usual dosage is 15ml (marked in cap) of undiluted Peridex. Patients should be instructed to not rinse with water or other mouthwashes, brush teeth or eat immediately after using Peridex. Peridex is not intended for ingestion and should be expectorated after rinsing.
Peridex is supplied as a blue liquid in 4-ounce (118ml), 1-pint (473ml) and 64-ounce (1893ml) white or amber plastic bottles with child-resistant dispensing closures.
Principal Display Panel - Peridex Bottle Label
(CHLORHEXIDINE GLUCONATE 0.12%)
DIRECTIONS FOR USE: Fill cap to the “fill line” (15 ml). Swish in
mouth undiluted for 30 seconds, then spit out. Use after breakfast
and before bedtime. Or, use as prescribed.
NOTE: To minimize medicinal taste, do not rinse with water
immediately after use.
KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN
Dispense in bottle as provided or in amber glass
3M ESPE I.D. No.
1 Pint (473ml)
INGREDIENTS: 0.12% chlorhexidine gluconate in a base containing water, 11.6% alcohol,
glycerin, PEG-40 sorbitan diisostearate, flavor, sodium saccharin and FD&C Blue No.1.
To Open: Squeeze smooth areas near bottom of cap and turn. To Close: Turn cap until it locks.
What to expect when using Peridex™ (Chlorhexidine Gluconate 0.12%) Oral Rinse
Your dentist has prescribed Peridex™
(Chlorhexidine Gluconate 0.12%) Oral Rinse to
treat your gingivitis, to help reduce the redness
and swelling of your gums, and also to help you
control any gum bleeding. Use Peridex regularly,
as directed by your dentist, in addition to daily
brushing. Spit out after use, Peridex should not be
If you develop allergic symptoms such as skin
rash, itch, generalized swelling, breathing
difficulties, light headedness, rapid heart rate,
upset stomach or diarrhea, seek medical attention
immediately. Peridex should not be used by
persons who have a sensitivity to it or its
Peridex may cause some tooth discoloration, or
increase in tartar (calculus) formation, particularly
in areas where stain and tartar usually form. It is
important to see your dentist for removal of any
stain or tartar at least every six months or more
frequently if your dentist advises.
• Both stain and tartar can be removed by your
dentist or hygienist. Peridex may cause permanent
discoloration of some front-tooth fillings.
• To minimize discoloration, you should brush and
floss daily, emphasizing areas which begin to
• Peridex may taste bitter to some patients and
can affect how foods and beverages taste. This
will become less noticeable in most cases with
continued use of Peridex.
• To avoid taste interference, rinse with Peridex
after meals. Do not rinse with water or other
mouthwashes immediately after rinsing with
If you have any questions or comments about
Peridex, contact your dentist, pharmacist or 3M
ESPE Dental Products toll free at 1-800-634-2249.
Call your health care provider for medical advice
about side effects. You may report side effects to
FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
STORE at 20°C to 25°C (68°F to 77°F), excursions
permitted to 15°C to 30°C (59°F to 86°F) [See USP
controlled Room Temperature].
INGREDIENTS AND APPEARANCE
chlorhexidine gluconate rinse
Product Information Product Type HUMAN PRESCRIPTION DRUG Item Code (Source) NDC:48878-0620 Route of Administration ORAL Active Ingredient/Active Moiety Ingredient Name Basis of Strength Strength Chlorhexidine Gluconate (UNII: MOR84MUD8E) (chlorhexidine - UNII:R4KO0DY52L) Chlorhexidine Gluconate 1.2 mg in 1 mL Inactive Ingredients Ingredient Name Strength Glycerin (UNII: PDC6A3C0OX) Saccharin Sodium (UNII: SB8ZUX40TY) FD&C BLUE NO. 1 (UNII: H3R47K3TBD) Water (UNII: 059QF0KO0R) Alcohol (UNII: 3K9958V90M) Product Characteristics Color Score Shape Size Flavor MINT (MINT) Imprint Code Contains Packaging # Item Code Package Description Marketing Start Date Marketing End Date 1 NDC:48878-0620-3 118 mL in 1 BOTTLE; Type 0: Not a Combination Product 01/16/2013 2 NDC:48878-0620-1 473 mL in 1 BOTTLE; Type 0: Not a Combination Product 08/13/1986 3 NDC:48878-0620-2 1893 mL in 1 BOTTLE, DISPENSING; Type 0: Not a Combination Product 01/16/2013 Marketing Information Marketing Category Application Number or Monograph Citation Marketing Start Date Marketing End Date NDA NDA019028 08/13/1986 Labeler - 3M ESPE Dental Products (801390852)