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Magic Mouthwash

Hello again from the Compound Lab!

This is post #46; previous posts can be found earlier on our page (look for them on Fridays!).

Continuing last week’s topic of infections & inflammation of the ears, nose, and throat, I wanted to spend a week talking about magic mouthwashes.

Magic mouthwash (sometimes also referred to as “miracle mouthwash”) is actually a whole set of compounds rather than one single medicine, but they all share the same general purpose: relieving pain and inflammation of the mouth and throat. They can be used to treat many conditions, including sore throats, mouth sores, and thrush. Because they can be effective even without having to swallow them (just gargle or swish for several seconds), they also make a great option for patients who have to be selective of the medicines they take. And as a final added bonus, magic mouthwashes are also among the cheapest compounds we make and many insurances cover them.

A related compounded we make that has a more specialized use is viscous budesonide. Budesonide is a steroid that reduces inflammation and over-active immune responses. The most common condition our patients use it for is eosinophilic esophagitis—which is essentially when your own immune system begins to target the lining of your esophagus. Our compounded budesonide is a thick, slightly sticky slurry that is designed to stick to the walls of your throat on its way down. This may allow for better relief of these auto-immune conditions than alternatives.

If you or someone you know might benefit from these compounds, we’d be happy to go into further detail and give you specific price quotes!

As always, we're available in the lab Monday through Friday, 9am to 5pm. Or you can email me anytime at We’d love to hear from you!

Until next time,


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