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Amlexanox is used in the treatment of minor mouth ulcers in adults.

How it works

Amlexanox is an anti-inflammatory agent and thought to act by preventing formation and release of inflammatory chemicals like histamine and leukotrienes, thereby accelerating the healing of ulcer.

Common side effects

Nausea, Diarrhoea, Application site pain, Skin rash, Stinging sensation, Burning sensation


Expert advice

  • Wash your hands immediately after applying the paste.
  • Avoid direct contact with the eye. In case of contact, eye should be promptly washed with ample amount of water.
  • Amexanox is not recommended for use in children and adolescents (<18 years) or in the elderly.
  • Caution should be taken whilst using amlexanox in patients with liver or kidney problems.

Content on this page was last updated on 30 September, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)