Caphosol

By Medically reviewed by hellodoktor

Generic Name: Caphosol Brand Name(s): Caphosol.

Uses

What is Caphosol used for?

Caphosol is used to treat dry mouth and throat. It is an artificial saliva that moistens and cleans the mouth. This allows you to be more comfortable when drinking, chewing and speaking. It also provides relief from mouth sores, also called mucositis, caused by radiation treatment or cancer chemotherapy.

How should I take Caphosol?

Follow all directions on the product package for using this medication correctly. The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to treatment. To relieve dry mouth, use this medication as directed by your doctor by swishing your prescribed dose in your mouth and then spitting it out. Do not swallow this medication.

If you are using the powder form of this medication, prepare the medication as directed by the product package.

If you are using this medication during radiation treatment or cancer chemotherapy for mucositis, follow your doctor’s instructions carefully.

Depending on your product, avoid eating or drinking for at least 15 to 30 minutes after using this product. Read the product instructions for more specific information.

Use this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, use it at the same times each day.

Tell your doctor if your condition persists or worsens.

How do I store Caphosol?

Caphosol is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store Caphosol in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of Caphosol that may have different storage needs. It is important to always check the product package for instructions on storage, or ask your pharmacist. For safety, you should keep all medicines away from children and pets.

You should not flush Caphosol down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. It is important to properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist for more details about how to safely discard your product.

Precautions & warnings

What should I know before using Caphosol?

Before using saliva substitute, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.

Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history.

This medication contains sodium. Before using this medication, talk to your doctor if you are on a salt-restricted diet or if increased salt intake could worsen your condition (such as heart failure, high blood pressure).

Tell your doctor if you are pregnant before using this product.

It is unknown if this drug passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

Is it safe during pregnancy or breast-feeding?

There are no adequate studies in women for determining risk when using this Caphosol during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. Please always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking Caphosol. Caphosol is pregnancy risk category N according to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

FDA pregnancy risk category reference below:

  • A=No risk,
  • B=No risk in some studies,
  • C=There may be some risk,
  • D=Positive evidence of risk,
  • X=Contraindicated,
  • N=Unknown

Side effects

What side effects can occur from Caphosol?

Saliva substitutes can be used with no side effects. If you have any unusual side effects, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.

A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.

Not everyone experiences these side effects. There may be some side effects not listed above. If you have any concerns about a side-effect, please consult your doctor or pharmacist.

Interactions

What drugs may interact with Caphosol?

Caphosol may interact with other drugs that you are currently taking, which can change how your drug works or increase your risk for serious side effects. To avoid any potential drug interactions, you should keep a list of all the drugs you are using (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. For your safety, do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any drugs without your doctor’s approval.

Does food or alcohol interact with Caphosol?

Caphosol may interact with food or alcohol by altering the way the drug works or increase the risk for serious side effects. Please discuss with your doctor or pharmacist any potential food or alcohol interactions before using this drug.

What health conditions may interact with Caphosol?

Caphosol may interact with your health condition. This interaction may worsen your health condition or alter the way the drug works. It is important to always let your doctor and pharmacist know all the health conditions you currently have.

Dosage

The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using this Caphosol.

What is the dose of Caphosol for an adult?

Usual Adult Dose for Mucositis

Caphosol, NeutraSal:

For use during high dose chemotherapy or radiation treatment: 4 doses per day orally from the onset of the cancer treatment. Up to 10 doses per day orally if pain from mucositis is experienced. Use for the duration of the treatment or as instructed by physician.

Directions for use:

(1) Mix as directed.

(2) Swish the mouth thoroughly for 1 min with 1/2 of the solution and spit out.

(3) Repeat with the remaining 1/2 of the solution and spit out. Use immediately after mixing the solution.

Usual Adult Dose for Xerostomia

Aquoral: Use 2 sprays 3 to 4 times per day or as directed.

Caphosol, Neutrasal: Use 2 to 10 times per day or as instructed by physician.

Directions for use:

(1) Mix as directed.

(2) Swish the mouth thoroughly for 1 min with 1/2 of the solution and spit out.

(3) Repeat with the remaining 1/2 of the solution and spit out. Use immediately after mixing the solution.

Numoisyn Lozenge: Let one Numoisyn Lozenge dissolve slowly in the mouth when needed. To obtain optimal effect, move the lozenge around in the mouth. Repeat as necessary. Do not exceed 16 lozenges in 24 hours.

Numoisyn Liquid: Shake bottle well. Take 2 ml (or about 1/2 teaspoon) of Numoisyn Liquid and rinse around in the mouth before swallowing. Use as needed.

Oasis Moisturizing Mouthwash: Rinse for 30 seconds with one ounce of mouthwash first thing in the morning and before going to bed or as needed. Do not swallow.

Oasis Moisturizing Mouth Spray: Spray 1 to 2 times into the affected areas of mouth. Use as required up to a maximum of 30 times or 60 sprays a day.

Orajel Dry Mouth Moisturizing Gel: Apply a one inch strip of product directly to tongue and around the inside and outside of the tooth and gum surface. Do not rinse out. Use as needed or as directed by a dentist or doctor.

What is the dose of Caphosol for a child?

Usual Pediatric Dose for Xerostomia

Oasis Moisturizing Mouth Spray: For children 2 years of age and older. Spray 1 to 2 times into the affected areas of mouth. Use as required up to a maximum of 30 times or 60 sprays a day.

Orajel Dry Mouth Moisturizing Gel: For children 2 years of age and older. Apply a one inch strip of product directly to tongue and around the inside and outside of the tooth and gum surface. Do not rinse out. Use as needed or as directed by a dentist or doctor.

How is Caphosol available?

Caphosol is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:

  • Oral solution,
  • Oral spray,
  • Oral paste,
  • Oral lozenge,
  • Oral gel,
  • Oral powder for reconstitution,
  • Oral swab,
  • Oral tablet.

What should I do in case of an emergency or overdose?

In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services or go to your nearest emergency room.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose of Caphosol, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your regular dose as scheduled. Do not take a double dose.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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Review Date: June 4, 2018 | Last Modified: September 12, 2019

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