Candid Mouth Paint Usage and Side Effects

Updated on August 3, 2017
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Dr. Manura Nanayakkara is a practicing doctor in Sri Lanka. He holds a postgraduate diploma in psychiatry.

What Is Candid Mouth Paint?

Candid mouth paint is an anti-fungal oral medication manufactured by Glenmark Pharmaceuticals. Its active ingredient is clotrimazole, an anti-fungal agent. The medication also contains glycol and glycerin. It is not toxic when ingested in small amounts.

Usage of Candid Mouth Paint

This medication is primarily used to treat the oral fungal infection called oral thrush— also called oral candidiasis—which is caused by fungal organisms of the candida genus.

Oral thrush causes creamy white lesions, usually on your tongue or inner cheeks. Sometimes oral thrush may spread to the roof of your mouth, your gums or tonsils, or the back of your throat.

Although oral thrush can affect anyone, it's more likely to occur in babies, the elderly, people with suppressed immune systems or certain health conditions, and those who take certain medications.

Oral thrush is a minor problem if you're healthy, but if you have a weakened immune system, symptoms of oral thrush may be more severe and difficult to control.

Human tongue infected with oral thrush
Human tongue infected with oral thrush | Source

How to Administer Candid Mouth Paint

Apply three to four drops of Candid Mouth Paint onto the affected parts of the tongue around four or five times per day, preferably after meals.

Sometimes it is easier to apply evenly with a cotton bud. You should apply it over all the lesions in your mouth, and treatment should continue until all white patches in the mouth are eliminated.

Be sure to continue using the mouth paint, even if you feel better, until you complete the course of treatment recommended by your doctor

Side Effects and Problems Associated with This Medication

Some people may experience a burning sensation when using Candid Mouth Paint. In some rare cases, patients experience an allergic reaction to the ingredients of this medication.

In such a case, the person might develop itchiness in the mouth, swelling of the mouth, difficulty in breathing, and pallor. Should this happen, stop medication immediately and seek emergency medical attention.

This medication is safe if ingested. Other than the above side effects, it is generally considered to be a well-tolerated medication that can even be used in small babies.

Other Important Information

Keep all appointments with your doctor.

Do not let anyone else use your medication. Ask your pharmacist any questions you have about refilling your prescription. If you still have symptoms of infection after you finish the course of treatment, call your doctor.

It is important for you to keep a written list of all of the prescription and nonprescription (over-the-counter) medicines you are taking, as well as any products such as vitamins, minerals, or other dietary supplements.

You should bring this list with you each time you visit a doctor or if you are admitted to a hospital. It is also important information to carry with you in case of emergencies.

Warnings and Precautions

Like with any course of medical treatment, it's important to make sure you inform your doctor of your complete medical history. Before using Candid Mouth Paint:

  • Tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are allergic to clotrimazole or any other drugs.
  • Tell your doctor and pharmacist what prescription and nonprescription drugs you are taking, especially antibiotic medications and vitamins.
  • Tell your doctor if you have or have ever had liver disease, problems with your immune system, human immunodeficiency virus infection (HIV), acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), diabetes, or a history of alcohol abuse.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding. If you become pregnant while using clotrimazole, call your doctor.
  • Tell your doctor if you drink alcohol.

The information contained in this article is intended solely for the general information. It is not to be used for treatment purposes, but rather for discussion with the patient's own physician. The information presented here is not intended to diagnose health problems or to take the place of professional medical care.


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      yaz 2 months ago

      Can i use this for small tiny red dots on the tounge

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      Dr Manura Nanayakkara 2 months ago from Sri Lanka

      It should be applied

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      Mr ram 2 months ago

      Mouth paint should be swallowed or thrown

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      Ihsan 5 months ago

      I have oral thrush can I use this

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      s perera 9 months ago

      i have a bad breath even if i brush my teeth 3 times a day. can i use this product to avoid it?

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      Dr Manura Nanayakkara 10 months ago from Sri Lanka

      Maybe Aphthous ulcer, candid cream will not help. Use antiseptic mouth gel such as dentogel.

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      10 months ago

      Can I use this to remove ear fungal too

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      Kiran 14 months ago

      while using mouth paint getting my mouth red and allergic why its happening? pls reply

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      Dr Manura Nanayakkara 20 months ago from Sri Lanka

      Ideally you should wash it but it does not matter if you do it once in a while.

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      is there any problem if I swallow 21 months ago

      I didnt wash mouth after application. Any problem ?

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      Ancy 2 years ago

      Hello sir, my mom is using candid mouth paint for almost 1 year,as she is continuesly suffering from oral candidiasis, is there any problem with this long term therapy???

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      Raja Bhattacharya 2 years ago

      Mujhe 7 week se problem ho raha hai ki mai garam chiken patis kha liyethe to mera muh me alser jaysa kuch huya hai kindly mujhe soliuion digiye sir mujhe pain v ho rahe hai.

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      Pal 2 years ago

      can it be swallowed

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      Dr Manura Nanayakkara 2 years ago from Sri Lanka

      Since you are seven months pregnant, this will not affect your baby.

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      Xyz 2 years ago

      Hi i am 7 months pregnant i used this mouth paint as i had it at home.....will it effect my baby..

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      Dr Manura Nanayakkara 2 years ago from Sri Lanka


      Wash it thoroughly in clean running water for at least 5 minutes.

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      Tyagi 2 years ago

      What to do if incidently mouth paint goes into eyes

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      Ajay 2 years ago

      Very good very helpful