What is a Patient Information Leaflet and why is it useful?

The Patient Information Leaflet (PIL) is the leaflet included in the pack with a medicine. It is written for patients and gives information about taking or using a medicine. It is possible that the leaflet in your medicine pack may differ from this version because it may have been updated since your medicine was packaged.

Below is a text only representation of the Patient Information Leaflet. The original leaflet can be viewed using the link above.

The text only version may be available in large print, Braille or audio CD. For further information call emc accessibility on 0800 198 5000. The product code(s) for this leaflet is: PL 00014/0277.

Boots Oral Antiseptic


Oral Antiseptic

(Cetylpyridinium Chloride)

A mouthwash or gargle for the relief of mouth and throat infections


e 250 ml

Read all of this label for full instructions.

What this medicine is for

An antiseptic mouthwash and gargle for the relief of mouth and throat infections, for use after dental surgery and for mouth hygiene.

Before you use this medicine

Do not use:

  • If you are allergic to any of the ingredients
  • For long periods of time

Talk to your pharmacist or doctor:

  • If you are pregnant or breastfeeding

How to use this medicine

Check the cap seal is not broken before first use. If it is, do not use the medicine.

Adults and children of 6 years and over: Thoroughly rinse the mouth, or gargle, with at least 15 ml (one tablespoonful). Use this amount 2 or 3 times a day. There is no need to dilute the medicine.

Do not swallow the medicine.

Do not use for children under 6 years.

Do not use more than the amount recommended above.

If symptoms do not go away talk to your pharmacist or doctor.

If anyone accidentally swallows a large amount: Talk to a doctor straight away.

Possible side effects

Most people will not have problems, but some may get some of these:

  • Feeling sick, being sick

Reporting of side effects

If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. This includes any possible side effects not listed on this label. You can also report side effects directly via the Yellow Card Scheme at: www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard. By reporting side effects you can provide more information on the safety of this medicine.

Keep all medicines out of the sight and reach of children.

Use by the date on the label edge.

Active ingredient

This mouthwash contains Cetylpyridinium Chloride 0.025% w/v.

Also contains: purified water, alcohol, sorbitol, sodium bicarbonate, cetomacrogol, levomenthol, methyl salicylate, peppermint oil, saccharin, quinoline yellow (E104), patent blue V (E131).

PL 00014/0277

Text prepared 10/14

Manufactured by


for the MAH:

The Boots Company PLC

If you need more advice ask your pharmacist.