What Is in Magic Mouthwash?


Magic mouthwash is the name of a substance that is usually mixed by a pharmacist and is used to treat ulcers that may occur in the throat of a patient. The substance may contain a number of items, depending upon what the doctor has prescribed.


Magic mouthwash is generally swished in the throat and then spat out. This allows the ingredients to coat the ulcers in the throat area.


Magic mouthwash is effective for about six hours. Patients are instructed to use this mixture about every four to six hours.


Patients who have pharyngitis, apthous ulcers and herpes labialis or gingivostomatitis (sometimes as a result of chemotherapy) are prescribed magic mouthwash.

Liquid Version

Maalox® or Mylanta® is an ingredient to coat the throat; lidocaine is a topical anesthetic that numbs pain and diphenhydramine reduces swelling.

Solid Version

The solid version is applied directly to the ulcer and contains a mixture of carafate, which works to neutralize stomach acid, diphenhydramine and Mylanta.

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