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amlexanox (topical) (cont.)

What should I discuss with my health care provider before using amlexanox (Aphthasol)?

Do not use this medication if you are allergic to amlexanox.

Before using amlexanox, tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs, or if you have a weak immune system caused by disease or by taking certain medicines or receiving cancer treatments. You may not be able to use amlexanox.

FDA pregnancy category B. This medication is not expected to be harmful to an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.

It is not known whether amlexanox passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

How should I use amlexanox (Aphthasol)?

Use this medication exactly as directed on the label, or as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use it in larger amounts or for longer than recommended.

For best results, start using amlexanox when you first notice symptoms of a canker sore.

Amlexanox oral paste is usually applied 4 times each day--usually after breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and at bedtime.

It is best to apply the paste after you have brushed and rinsed your teeth. Always dry the canker sore with a clean cloth before applying amlexanox oral paste.

Wash your hands before applying amlexanox oral paste.

Dry the canker sore with a soft clean cloth before applying the paste.

To use the paste, moisten the tip of your finger with water and squeeze out a 1/4-inch dab of paste onto the wet tip of your finger.

Gently apply the amlexanox paste to the canker sore. There is no need to rub in the medicine.

Wash your hands with soap and water to remove any remaining paste from your finger.

Talk with your doctor if your symptoms do not improve after 10 days of treatment.

Store amlexanox oral paste at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

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