Aftine: what it is, what it is for and how to use it

Aftine is a topical medication, indicated to treat mouth problems, such as thrush or sores. 

This medicine has in its composition neomycin, bismuth and sodium tartrate, menthol and procaine hydrochloride, which are substances that fight bacteria, help in the healing of skin and mucous membranes, and that have a disinfectant and anesthetic action.

Aftine can be purchased at pharmacies without the need for a prescription.

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What is it for

This remedy is started to treat mouth problems, such as thrush and sores, due to the components that it has in its composition, with the following properties:

  • Neomycin sulfate , which is an antibiotic that prevents infection in the region;
  • Bismuth and sodium tartrate , which has antiseptic action, which also contributes to the prevention of infections;
  • Procaine hydrochloride , with topical anesthetic action, relieving pain;
  • Menthol , which has an astringent action. 

See more about the treatment of thrush in the mouth.

How to use

Generally, it is recommended to apply 1 or 2 drops on the cold sore or the problem to be treated, 3 to 6 times a day. Aftine drops should only be applied in the mouth, over the area to be treated.

The solution must be stirred before use.

Possible side effects 

Aftine is well tolerated and no side effects have been reported so far. However, this product can cause allergies in people with hypersensitivity to the components of the formula.

Who should not use

This medicine is contraindicated for patients with allergies to neomycin sulfate, procaine hydrochloride, menthol, bismuth and sodium tartrate or any of the excipients present in the formula.

In addition, if the person is pregnant or breastfeeding or is applying other products in the mouth, you should talk to your doctor before starting treatment. 

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