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Listerine Side Effects

Common Listerine Side Effects


The most commonly reported Listerine side effects (click to view or check a box to report):

Application Site Burn (118)
Oral Discomfort (71)
Ageusia (48)
Product Quality Issue (47)
Oral Mucosal Exfoliation (47)
Lip Swelling (46)
Glossodynia (45)
Stomatitis (38)
Oral Pain (38)
Application Site Pain (36)
Tongue Disorder (32)
Oropharyngeal Blistering (30)
Caustic Injury (29)
Gingival Pain (29)
Burning Sensation (28)
Application Site Vesicles (27)
Pain (26)
Tooth Disorder (25)
Hypersensitivity (24)
Dyspnoea (22)

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If you or someone in your family has experienced a serious side effect to a health product, you are encouraged to report the experience to your health care professional (e.g. physician, pharmacist). You could also complete a copy of the side effect reporting form or report your side effect to FDA.

Side effects reports are analyzed to discover potential health product safety signals. Some important reactions may take an extremely long time to develop or occur infrequently. Continued monitoring of adverse reactions is thus essential to maintain a comprehensive safety and effectiveness profile of health products.

Listerine Side Effects Reported to FDA

The following Listerine reports list potential signals of serious risks and new safety information that were identified using the FDA Adverse Event Reporting System (FAERS).
FAERS is a database that contains information on adverse event and medication errors reports submitted to FDA by healthcare professionals (such as physicians, pharmacists, nurses and others), consumers (such as patients, family members, layers and others) and manufacturers.


The appearance of Listerine on this list does not mean that FDA has concluded that the drug has the listed risk. It means that FDA has identified a potential safety issue, but it does not mean that FDA has found a causal relationship between the drug and the listed risk.
Product Quality Issue, Malaise
This is a report of a 10-year-old male patient (weight: NA) from US, suffering from the following symptoms/conditions: NA, who was treated with Listerine Agent Cool Blue Bubble Blast (dosage: NA, start time: Aug 03, 2007), combined with: NA. and developed a serious reaction and side effect(s). The consumer presented with:
  • Product Quality Issue
  • Malaise
which developed after the beginning of treatment. This case can indicate the possible existence of increased vulnerability to Listerine Agent Cool Blue Bubble Blast treatment in male patients, resulting in product quality issue side effect.

Oral Bacterial Infection, Oral Pain, Toothache
This report suggests a potential Listerine Coolmint Oral Bacterial Infection, Oral Pain, Toothache side effect(s) that can have serious consequences. A 70-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from US was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: NA and used Listerine Coolmint (dosage: A Little Bit In The Cover.) starting NS. Soon after starting Listerine Coolmint the patient began experiencing various side effects, including:
  • Oral Bacterial Infection
  • Oral Pain
  • Toothache
Drugs used concurrently: NA. Although Listerine Coolmint demonstrated significant improvements in a number of clinically relevant cases, troublesome symptoms, such as oral bacterial infection, may still occur.

Anosmia, Ageusia
This Anosmia, Ageusia problem was reported by a consumer or non-health professional from MX. A female patient (weight: NA) was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: dental care. On 2010 this consumer started treatment with Listerine Whitening (dosage: NA). The following drugs were being taken at the same time: NA. When commencing Listerine Whitening, the patient experienced the following unwanted symptoms/side effects:
  • Anosmia
  • Ageusia
Although all drugs are carefully tested before they are licensed for use, they carry side effect risks. Some side effects, such as anosmia, may become evident only after a product is in use by the general population.

Blister, Lip Swelling
This is a report of a 72-year-old male patient (weight: NA) from CO. The patient developed the following symptoms/conditions: NA and was treated with Listerine Coolmint (dosage: Twice Or 3 Times Daily) starting Dec 04, 2013. Concurrently used drugs: NA.Soon after that, the consumer experienced the following side effects:
  • Blister
  • Lip Swelling
This opens a possibility that Listerine Coolmint treatment could cause the above reactions, including blister, and some male subjects may be more susceptible.


Anosmia, Ageusia
A male patient (weight: NA) from MX with the following symptoms/conditions: dental care started Listerine Whitening Blanquea Y Fortalece treatment (dosage: NA) on NS. Soon after starting Listerine Whitening Blanquea Y Fortalece treatment, the subject experienced various side effects, including:
  • Anosmia
  • Ageusia
Concurrently used drugs: NA. This finding indicates that some male patients could be more vulnerable to Listerine Whitening Blanquea Y Fortalece.

Skin Exfoliation, Pain, Oral Discomfort, Dysphagia, Oral Mucosal Erythema
A 58-year-old female patient from US (weight: NA) experienced symptoms, such as: NA and was treated with Listerine Whitening Rinse Clean Mint(dosage: Dosage: 1/2 Cap Or Less). The treatment was initiated on NS. After that a consumer reported the following side effect(s):
  • Skin Exfoliation
  • Pain
  • Oral Discomfort
  • Dysphagia
  • Oral Mucosal Erythema
Concurrently used drugs, which potentially could have contributed to side effect(s) or affected Listerine Whitening Rinse Clean Mint efficacy:
  • Multivitamins
  • Herbal Preparation


Oral Mucosal Exfoliation, Oral Discomfort, Oral Mucosal Erythema
In this report, Listerine Whitening Toothpaste was administered for the following condition: dental disorder prophylaxis.A 31-year-old female consumer from US (weight: NA) started Listerine Whitening Toothpaste treatment (dosage: Dime Or Less Size 1-3 Times A Day) on Nov 09, 2013.Sometime after starting the treatment, the patient complained of the following side effect(s):
  • Oral Mucosal Exfoliation
  • Oral Discomfort
  • Oral Mucosal Erythema
A possible interaction with other drugs could have contributed to this reaction: NA.Establishing a causal relationship between a specific drug and consumer's side effects is complex, but it is possible that in this report Listerine Whitening Toothpaste treatment could be related to the listed above side effect(s).

Poisoning, Metabolic Acidosis
This is a report of the following Listerine side effect(s):
  • Poisoning
  • Metabolic Acidosis
A 45-year-old male patient from US (weight: NA) presented with the following condition: NA and received a treatment with Listerine (dosage: NA) starting: NS.The following concurrently used drugs could have generated interactions:
  • Alcohol
This report suggests that a Listerine treatment could be associated with the listed above side effect(s).

Ageusia, Aphthous Stomatitis
This Listerine Total Care report was submitted by a 75-year-old male consumer from US (weight: NA). The patient was diagnosed with: dental care and Listerine Total Care was administered (dosage: NA) starting: NS. The consumer developed a set of symptoms:
  • Ageusia
  • Aphthous Stomatitis
Other drugs used simultaneously: NA.Those unexpected symptoms could be linked to a Listerine Total Care treatment, however establishing a potential drug-safety problem requires a more detailed clinical analysis.

Asthma, Cough
This is a report of a possible correlation between Listerine Original use and the following symptoms/side effect(s):
  • Asthma
  • Cough
which could contribute to an assessment of Listerine Original risk profile.A 64-year-old male consumer from US (weight: NA) was suffering from NA and was treated with Listerine Original (dosage: A Lot) starting NS.Other concurrent medications: NA.

Oral Candidiasis, Oral Mucosal Discolouration
A 47-year-old male patient from JP (weight: NA) presented with the following symptoms: dental disorder prophylaxis and after a treatment with Listerine (dosage: NA) experienced the following side effect(s):
  • Oral Candidiasis
  • Oral Mucosal Discolouration
The treatment was started on 201308. Listerine was used in combination with the following drugs: NA.This report could alert potential Listerine consumers.

Oral Pain, Oral Mucosal Exfoliation
In this report, a 39-year-old male patient from US (weight: NA) was affected by a possible Listerine Total Care Zero side effect.The patient was diagnosed with dental disorder prophylaxis. After a treatment with Listerine Total Care Zero (dosage: NA, start date: Aug 18, 2013), the patient experienced the following side effect(s):
  • Oral Pain
  • Oral Mucosal Exfoliation
The following simultaneously used drugs could have led to this reaction: NA.The findings here stress that side effects should be taken into consideration when evaluating a Listerine Total Care Zero treatment.

Oral Bacterial Infection, Oral Pain, Toothache
This is a report of a 70-year-old female patient from US (weight: NA), who used Listerine Mouthwash Coolmint (dosage: ^a Little Bit In The Cover^) for a treatment of NA. After starting a treatment on NS, the patient experienced the following side effect(s):
  • Oral Bacterial Infection
  • Oral Pain
  • Toothache
The following drugs could possibly have interacted with the Listerine Mouthwash Coolmint treatment NA.Taken together, these observations suggest that a Listerine Mouthwash Coolmint treatment could be related to side effect(s), such as Oral Bacterial Infection, Oral Pain, Toothache.

Off Label Use
This off label use side effect was reported by a consumer or non-health professional from US. A 57-year-old male patient (weight:NA) experienced the following symptoms/conditions: NA. The patient was prescribed Listerine Mouthwash Original (dosage: NA), which was started on NS. Concurrently used drugs: NA. When starting to take Listerine Mouthwash Original the consumer reported the following symptoms:
  • Off Label Use
These side effects may potentially be related to Listerine Mouthwash Original.

Loss Of Consciousness
This is a Listerine Mouthwash Coolmint side effect report of a 26-year-old male patient (weight:NA) from US, suffering from the following symptoms/conditions: NA, who was treated with Listerine Mouthwash Coolmint (dosage:Over 3/4 Of The Bottle, start time: Jun 05, 2013), combined with: NA., and developed a serious reaction and a loss of consciousness side effect. The patient presented with:
  • Loss Of Consciousness
which developed after the beginning of treatment. This side effect report can indicate a possible existence of increased vulnerability to Listerine Mouthwash Coolmint treatment in male patients suffering from NA, resulting in loss of consciousness.

Anaphylactic Shock, Oral Infection, Oral Discomfort, Tongue Disorder
This report suggests a potential Listerine Adv Mouthwash Tartar Protection anaphylactic shock side effect(s) that can have serious consequences. A 33-year-old female patient from US (weight:NA) was diagnosed with the following health condition(s): tooth deposit and used Listerine Adv Mouthwash Tartar Protection (dosage: Cap Full) starting May 11, 2013. Soon after starting Listerine Adv Mouthwash Tartar Protection the patient began experiencing various side effects, including:
  • Anaphylactic Shock
  • Oral Infection
  • Oral Discomfort
  • Tongue Disorder
Drugs used concurrently:NA. The patient was hospitalized. Although Listerine Adv Mouthwash Tartar Protection demonstrated significant improvements in a number of clinically relevant cases, troublesome symptoms, such as anaphylactic shock, may still occur.

Pain, Burning Sensation, Glossodynia, Tooth Disorder, Dry Mouth, Chapped Lips, Tongue Disorder, Oral Disorder, Chemical Injury
This pain problem was reported by a consumer or non-health professional from US. A 39-year-old female patient (weight: NA) was diagnosed with the following medical condition(s): dental disorder prophylaxis.On Jan 16, 2013 a consumer started treatment with Listerine (dosage: 5ml Or Less Once A Day Dental). The following drugs/medications were being taken at the same time: NA. When commencing Listerine, the patient experienced the following unwanted symptoms /side effects:
  • Pain
  • Burning Sensation
  • Glossodynia
  • Tooth Disorder
  • Dry Mouth
  • Chapped Lips
  • Tongue Disorder
  • Oral Disorder
  • Chemical Injury
Although all drugs are carefully tested before they are licensed for use, they carry potential side effect risks. Some side effects, such as pain, may become evident only after a product is in use by the general population.

Viith Nerve Paralysis
This is a Listerine Mouthwash Coolmint side effect report of a 64-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from US. The patient developed the following symptoms/conditions: dental disorder prophylaxis,migraine and was treated with Listerine Mouthwash Coolmint (dosage: Around One-fourth To One-third Of A Capful) starting 201208. Concurrently used drugs:
  • Paxil (Almost 2 Years.)
  • Amitriptyline (The Lowest Dose Since Almost 2 Years.)
  • Lisinopril (Over 2 Years.)
  • Hydrochlorothiazide (Since 3 Years.)
  • Fish Oil (Since 10 Years.)
  • Vitamin C (Since 20 Years.)
  • Flax Seed Oil (Since 10 Years.)
  • Metformin (One And Half Years.)
Soon after that, the consumer experienced the following of symptoms:
  • Viith Nerve Paralysis
This opens a possibility that Listerine Mouthwash Coolmint could cause viith nerve paralysis and that some female patients may be more susceptible.

Exposure During Pregnancy, Premature Rupture Of Membranes, Urinary Tract Infection, Application Site Pain, Application Site Exfoliation
A 29-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from BR with the following symptoms: dental disorder prophylaxis started Listerine Zero treatment (dosage: NA) on Aug 17, 2012. Soon after starting Listerine Zero treatment, the consumer experienced several side effects, including:
  • Exposure During Pregnancy
  • Premature Rupture Of Membranes
  • Urinary Tract Infection
  • Application Site Pain
  • Application Site Exfoliation
. Concurrently used drugs: NA. This finding indicates that some patients can be more vulnerable to developing Listerine Zero side effects, such as exposure during pregnancy.

Tooth Discolouration
This tooth discolouration side effect was reported by a consumer or non-health professional from US. A 43-year-old female patient (weight:NA) experienced the following symptoms/conditions: NA.The patient was prescribed Listerine Total Care Plus Whitening (dosage: 1teaspoon Twice Dental), which was started on Mar 25, 2013. Concurrently used drugs: NA..When starting to take Listerine Total Care Plus Whitening the consumer reported symptoms, such as:
  • Tooth Discolouration
These side effects may potentially be related to Listerine Total Care Plus Whitening.

Hypertension, Arrhythmia, Palpitations, Dyspnoea, Fatigue
This is a report of a 75-year-old male patient (weight: NA) from JP, suffering from the following symptoms/conditions: dental disorder prophylaxis, who was treated with Listerine Total Care (dosage: In The Morning And Evening, start time: NS), combined with:
  • Eucalyptol\menthol\methyl Salicylate\thymol (In The Morning And Evening)
  • Urief (2 Tablets Of 4mg.)
  • Loxonin (2 Tablets Of 60mg As Needed.)
  • Lipitor
  • Glucosamine
and developed a serious reaction and side effect(s). The consumer presented with:
  • Hypertension
  • Arrhythmia
  • Palpitations
  • Dyspnoea
  • Fatigue
which developed after the beginning of treatment. This case can indicate the possible existence of increased vulnerability to Listerine Total Care treatment in male patients, resulting in hypertension side effect.

Application Site Haemorrhage, Gingival Pain, Oral Herpes
This report suggests a potential Listerine Total Care Plus Whitening Mouthwash Application Site Haemorrhage, Gingival Pain, Oral Herpes side effect(s) that can have serious consequences. A male patient (weight: NA) from US was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: dental disorder prophylaxis,thyroid disorder,bone density decreased and used Listerine Total Care Plus Whitening Mouthwash (dosage: Half A Capful) starting 2009. Soon after starting Listerine Total Care Plus Whitening Mouthwash the patient began experiencing various side effects, including:
  • Application Site Haemorrhage
  • Gingival Pain
  • Oral Herpes
Drugs used concurrently:
  • Synthroid (Few Years.)
  • Calcium
  • Multivitamins
Although Listerine Total Care Plus Whitening Mouthwash demonstrated significant improvements in a number of clinically relevant cases, troublesome symptoms, such as application site haemorrhage, may still occur.

Tongue Haemorrhage, Application Site Haemorrhage, Oral Discomfort, Salivary Hypersecretion
This Tongue Haemorrhage, Application Site Haemorrhage, Oral Discomfort, Salivary Hypersecretion problem was reported by a consumer or non-health professional from BR. A 38-year-old male patient (weight: NA) was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: dental care. On Feb 23, 2013 this consumer started treatment with Listerine Whitening (dosage: Once In The Morning And Once At Night Buccal). The following drugs were being taken at the same time:
  • Hydrochlorothiazide (hydrochlorothiazide)
When commencing Listerine Whitening, the patient experienced the following unwanted symptoms/side effects:
  • Tongue Haemorrhage
  • Application Site Haemorrhage
  • Oral Discomfort
  • Salivary Hypersecretion
Although all drugs are carefully tested before they are licensed for use, they carry side effect risks. Some side effects, such as tongue haemorrhage, may become evident only after a product is in use by the general population.

Syncope, Incorrect Dose Administered, Headache, Vision Blurred, Diarrhoea, Mouth Injury
This is a report of a 7.-year-old male patient (weight: NA) from BR. The patient developed the following symptoms/conditions: NA and was treated with Listerine (dosage: NA) starting Mar 12, 2013. Concurrently used drugs: NA.Soon after that, the consumer experienced the following side effects:
  • Syncope
  • Incorrect Dose Administered
  • Headache
  • Vision Blurred
  • Diarrhoea
  • Mouth Injury
This opens a possibility that Listerine treatment could cause the above reactions, including syncope, and some male subjects may be more susceptible.

Tongue Haemorrhage, Application Site Haemorrhage, Oral Discomfort, Salivary Hypersecretion
A 38-year-old male patient (weight: NA) from BR with the following symptoms/conditions: dental care started Listerine Whitening treatment (dosage: Bucca 1) on Feb 23, 2013. Soon after starting Listerine Whitening treatment, the subject experienced various side effects, including:
  • Tongue Haemorrhage
  • Application Site Haemorrhage
  • Oral Discomfort
  • Salivary Hypersecretion
Concurrently used drugs:
  • Hydrochlorothiazide
  • Allopurinol
This finding indicates that some male patients could be more vulnerable to Listerine Whitening.

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    Listerine Safety Alerts, Active Ingredients, Usage Information

    NDC42002-401
    TypeHUMAN OTC DRUG
    Proprietary NameListerine Antiseptic Eucalyptol, Menthol, Methyl Salicylate, and Thymol
    NameMOUTHWASH
    Dosage FormORAL
    Route20120221
    On market sinceJohnson & Johnson Healthcare Products, Division of McNEIL-PPC, Inc.
    LabelerEUCALYPTOL; MENTHOL; METHYL SALICYLATE; THYMOL
    Active Ingredient(s).92; .42; .6; .64
    Strength(s)mg/mL; mg/mL; mg/mL; mg/mL
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    Side Effects reported to FDA: 787

    Listerine safety alerts: No

    Reported deaths: 4

    Reported hospitalizations: 16

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