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Treatment for Mucositis

Mucositis Can Affect the Entire Gastrointestinal Tract

Mucositis is a painful inflammation and ulceration of the cells of mucous membranes lining the digestive tract. It can occur anywhere along the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, from the mouth, to the throat, stomach, and intestines. It is more common in elderly patients and the degree of breakdown is often more debilitating. Mucositis is painful. It can interfere with eating, and may require pain medication. If infection occurs, prompt antibiotic treatment is required.

Mucositis Is Usually the Result of Cancer Treatment

Mucositis is usually the result of chemotherapy and radiology treatment for cancer. It can affect up to 100% of patients undergoing high-dose chemotherapy and stem cell transplantation. These treatments can destroy the cells, which then take some time to regenerate.

Patients may have raw sores (ulcers) in the mouth and throat – making them feel like their throat has been sun burned. There is no cure for mucositis. Treatment involves prevention and management of the symptoms. The condition usually resolves a few weeks after cancer treatment ceases, as the cells regenerate.

We currently have more than 80 compound formulations under the general category of "Magic Mouthwashes" to help treat a broad range of mouth disorders. We can combine ingredients from the following list of antibiotics, antivirals, antihistamines, steroids and protective coating medications in any combination and strength required.

  • Acyclovir
  • Betamethasone
  • Cimetidine
  • ChlorhexidineGluconate
  • Chloropheniramine Maleate
  • Donnatal
  • Dexamethasone
  • Dicloxacillin
  • Diphenhydramine
  • Lidocaine
  • Maalox
  • Mylanta
  • Nystatin
  • Sucralfate
  • Tetracycline
  • Tetracaine

For this condition and countless others, we have more than 3,000 compound formulations. This site covers only about 200 of them. And we are continually adding new ones. If you do not see a treatment you think you will meet your needs, please call and ask one of our Pharmacists for a personal consultation. We regularly handle special requests and will be happy to work with you and your medical practitioner, to develop a custom formulation that will generate a successful outcome for you.

If you have a question about this condition or any of the medications available to treat it, please feel free to use the "Email Us" button at the top of the page, or call us.