• Question about Magic Mouthwash

    Asked by Map11 on Tuesday, June 4, 2013

    Question about Magic Mouthwash

    I've just finished my 10th radiation treatment (out of 28) for squamous carcinoma of the vocal cord and told my Dr. and Nurse about my throat getting sore and having difficulty catching my breath. I was immediately given a script for Magic Mouthwash which I had filled today and will start using tonight. I'm told it contains lanacane, a local anesthetic used for temporary relief of pain. The pharmacist also verified that my throat will feel much better using this medication. Has anyone used it and, if so, what can you tell me about it and/or your experience with it? Thank you. Map 11

    14 Answers from the Community

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    • thil2633's Avatar
      thil2633

      I used it for mouth sores, it worked well. It kinda numbs your mouth, so you can't feel the sores.

      over 3 years ago
    • HearMeRoar's Avatar
      HearMeRoar

      I am on my second bottle of it - taxotere has given me thrush. My pharmacy wrote "swish and spit 5ml every two hours for pain" on the bottle. The nurse at my onco's office told me to swallow it and I do!! Last time it took about 4 days for the thrush/ pain to go away.

      over 3 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar
      GregP_WN

      I used it also, as well as another thicker mouthwash after my problems got worse. I had 25 radiation treatments to the neck/jaw and had severe sores, lost my voice, burned pretty good. I couldn't eat and the magic mouthwash wasn't doing it anymore. So I was given another script for the next stronger thing, it was a thicker material, you put it in your mouth and roll it around, then spit it out. It has stronger pain meds in it. Plain old generic throat spray worked pretty darn good to numb things for a second or two so I could get a bite to eat. Then, repeat process.

      over 3 years ago
    • Map11's Avatar
      Map11

      Thanks thil2633, Hear MeRoar and GregP for your replies. I don't have any mouth sores yet but I anticipate them coming as the Nurse probably is; that's why she's starting me on it right away. I sort of squirmed when it came time to swallow it but it wasn't bad at all. I did feel the numbness as I was swishing it around and afterward but it only lasted a few minutes. thil2633: I'm glad it worked for you and hope it continues to work for me. Hear MeRoar: I can't imagine having thrush in my mouth for 4 days along with the pain. It had to be unbearable. GregP: If M/Mouthwash loses its effectiveness, I may reach out to you for more information on that thicker med. Thanks again to all of you for the insight. P. S. I'm not sure if it's lanacane or lidocane that's in the M/Mouthwash.

      over 3 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar
      SueRae1

      Magic Mouth is great. I use it whenever I have mouth sore outbreaks.

      over 3 years ago
    • JEML's Avatar
      JEML

      Magic Mouthwash normally has a base that is a combination of an anesthetic, such as Lidocaine, along with a coating agent, like Maalox or Mylanta along with Diphenhydramine (an antihistamine/anti-inflammatory such as Benadryl.) There are several different recipes for Magic Mouthwash and is made to the preference of the Physician. Some may also contain other ingredients like an antifungal agent or a steroid. You should feel quite a difference with using it. Hope it makes you feel much better! Best wishes!!!

      over 3 years ago
    • jdcarolina's Avatar
      jdcarolina

      Hi Map11, my spouse uses MM and something called Muguard. The oncologist gave him samples of Muguard because my insurance did not pay for it. They also recommended a solution of salt and baking soda (equal parts) in water to swish and spit. All have helped somewhat. Not perfect. Also he used a Kanka brush on gel pen. The Kanka brush can pinpoint certain sore spots.Numbs like baby orajel for teething. Good Luck. Spouse had 35 rads. Cooked him pretty good, now post rad 2 weeks and can swallow sips of water. Take one hour or day at a time.

      over 3 years ago
    • kenw's Avatar
      kenw

      Hi, Map11 (Maps and charts are a hobby of mine)
      I HAD (emphasis is mine) SCC base of tongue, left side., I, too, had the chemo (erbitux) and readiation 35+/- sessions. Second degree (blisters) burns external AND internal. PAIN. Inability to swallow ANYTHING. PEG tube. PAIN. Dry mouth. Pre-radiation treatment teeth extraction (lower molars). PAIN. Quite frankly, I do not remember much of what happened in my life, July thru October, 2012 other than the PAIN.
      The Magic Mouthwash (MM) seemed to dull the PAIN (according to my spouse). My concoction was lidocaine, maalox and benadryl. Swish, spit, swallow. Whatever worked. Other Rx's for pain are available to you. Ask. Don't take "NO" as an answer. Try several. Find some that work and TAKE THEM!
      As humans, we all react differently to stimuli.If there is one thing that I learned about myself and my reaction to PAIN it is: DO NOT GET BEHIND ON YOUR PAIN MEDICATIONS! It will be a long while before you can cease taking the Rx for PAIN. If you are comfortable, life is easier for you and those supporting you on your journey.
      The lack of saliva glands (due to radiation) has made my mouth a fungi playground. I have had numerous bouts of thrush due to my inattention to what I place in my mouth. This has made the pleasure of eating not so anymore. It will be another learning experience for me.
      We are all with you, bud. Hang in there
      Ken

      over 3 years ago
    • Map11's Avatar
      Map11

      Hi JEML ~ I remember the nurse telling me about some of the ingredients in M/Mouthwash but, being the patient and being partially "out of it", I didn't hear everything. Now I think I should have made a copy of the script before handing it over to the pharmacist. In any event, I know I can find out what's in mine if I choose to. I read your profile and give you so much credit and appreciation for joining What Next, We can all use your expertise and knowledge. And what a wonderful thing you did by opening www.sideeffectssupport.com. I will check it out when I have a chance. Thanks for your response and well wishes.

      over 3 years ago
    • Map11's Avatar
      Map11

      Hi jdcarolina ~ Sounds like both you and your husband have been put thru the mill. It's a shame he wasn't covered by his insurance co. They do have a way of getting around things. I have no idea what my company will pay. If it's 80% I'll consider myself lucky altho I don't know how I'll come up with the other 20%. I'll keep the Muguard and Kanka brush in mind for numbing, should I get the sores (which I anticipate getting). I'm familiar with Orajel; it is a good numbing agent. I'm only 11 treatments into the 28 so there is certainly time for many side effects to sleeze their way in. The throat is starting to get sore so that it's really bothersome and now I find I've got the thicker mucus making its appearance. Catching my breath is also a problem but I put Vick's vaporub under my nose and it seems to help me breathe easier. The nurse told me to buy a cool mist humidifier, which I did but with the air conditioner going, I don't know if I'll need it. This site is wonderful for learning what has worked for many of us. It's almost become a Bible. I wish your husband the best. With you by his side, he's already a winner.

      over 3 years ago
    • Map11's Avatar
      Map11

      Hi SueRae1 ~ Are you still in treatment? Is that why you continue to get mouth sores? Is this what I have to look forward to? Even after completing treatment? Dr. did say side effects could show up as long as a year later. I've been to your wall but it's huge; it'll take me a day to read it. :) It seems I find a new symptom each day. The throat has gotten more sore where it's getting difficult to swallow - even food and sometimes liquids but I persevere. I'm more anxious when they put the mask over my face now that I'm having trouble swallowing. Thank goodness for the Ativan. Yes, I use the M/Mouthwash 20 minutes before meals. Yesterday I had a little mucus; now it's getting heavier. I guess that's what thrust is - thick like a yeast infection? We girls know what that's like. I feel like spitting a lot (unladylike) and I certainly can't do that at work. Will be sitting with my Dr. this morning after treatment and will discuss many things with him. Supposed to sit with Dietician also. I'll post an update.

      over 3 years ago
    • Map11's Avatar
      Map11

      Hi kenw ~ Reading your comment scared the heck out of me. You have been through so much. It's probably a good thing that you don't remember much between July and October. I'm sorry to hear that you had so much pain tho. Believe me, when the time comes that I have pain, they'll know about it. I'm not shy. I'm told there is something for when you have no saliva. I intend to look into that inasmuch as my dry mouth is drier than dry. I've had that problem prior to being diagnosed and have been told it's from the other meds I'm taking. And because of that, it's hard to (try to) swallow when I'm undergoing the treatment. That's why I slather my lips and a bit of the inner mouth with Carmex lip balm. Started out with Aquaphor but this is greasier and doesn't absorb as quickly as Aquaphor. So, it looks like you're about 8 months post treatment. You had the PET scan and were pleased with the results. How are you doing now? What are you doing now? Do you go for monthly checkups? What takes place after treatment is completed? Any answers will be good to hear. Regards, Mary

      over 3 years ago
    • JoeTEMT's Avatar
      JoeTEMT

      Hello Map11,
      I recently used it! I had radiation also! The magic mouthwash has many different ingredients your doctor tells the pharmacist what he wants in it! I was told I could swish and spit it or swallow ! I usually swallowed it because it covered more tissue that way! It numbs your whole mouth and takes away the soreness from your mouth! I took ten ML for my dose! I was told I could take it once every two hours! good Luck. JoeTEMT

      over 3 years ago
    • mrb's Avatar
      mrb

      I had 38 radiation treatments and was given magic mouth wash to help with the sore throat. I found that the best relief that I could get was to constantly sip water. The cool water helps with the burn and keeps your throat moist which becomes a bigger issue as time goes by.

      over 3 years ago

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