Medijel gel contains two active ingredients, lidocaine hydrochloride (previously known as lignocaine hydrochloride in the UK) and aminacrine hydrochloride.
Aminacrine hydrochloride is mild antiseptic that kills a variety of bacteria that might infect sore or broken skin in the mouth.
Lidocaine hydrochloride belongs to a group of medicines known as local anaesthetics. It works by temporarily blocking the pathway of pain signals along nerves.
Pain is caused by the stimulation of pain receptors at the ends of nerves. The stimulation causes sodium to enter the nerve ending, which causes an electrical signal to build up in the nerve. When this electrical signal is big enough, it passes along the nerve to the brain, where the signal is interpreted as pain.
Lidocaine works by stopping the sodium entering the nerve ending at the site of the pain. This prevents an electrical signal building up and passing along the nerve fibres to the brain. In this way lidocaine causes numbness and relieves pain at the area it is applied to.
The lidocaine in Medijel gel is used to relieve pain caused by mouth ulcers, sore gums and denture irritation. The antiseptic helps prevent the irritated areas from getting infected.
A small amount of the gel should be applied to the sore area of the mouth with a clean fingertip.
What is it used for?
Relieving pain from:
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