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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.

Listerine Side Effects Reported to FDA



Listerine Side Effect Report#9908712
Product Quality Issue, Malaise
This is a report of a 10-year-old male patient (weight: NA) from US, suffering from the following health 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): Product Quality Issue, Malaise 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.
Listerine Side Effect Report#9802475
Oral Bacterial Infection, Oral Pain, Toothache
This report suggests a potential Listerine Coolmint Oral Bacterial Infection 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. After starting Listerine Coolmint the patient began experiencing various side effects, including: Oral Bacterial Infection, Oral Pain, ToothacheAdditional 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.
Listerine Side Effect Report#9787577
Anosmia, Ageusia
This Anosmia 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 using Listerine Whitening, the patient experienced the following unwanted symptoms/side effects: Anosmia, AgeusiaAlthough 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.
Listerine Side Effect Report#9787534
Blister, Lip Swelling
This Blister side effect was reported by a consumer or non-health professional from CO. A 72-year-old male patient (weight:NA) experienced the following symptoms/conditions: NA.The patient was prescribed Listerine Coolmint (drug dosage: Twice Or 3 Times Daily), which was initiated on
Dec 04, 2013. Concurrently used drugs: NA..After starting to take Listerine Coolmint the consumer reported adverse symptoms, such as: Blister, Lip SwellingThese side effects may potentially be related to Listerine Coolmint.
Listerine Side Effect Report#9774262
Anosmia, Ageusia
This is a report of a male patient (weight: NA) from MX, suffering from the following health symptoms/conditions: dental care, who was treated with Listerine Whitening Blanquea Y Fortalece (dosage: NA, start time: NS), combined with: NA. and developed a serious reaction and side effect(s): Anosmia, Ageusia after the beginning of treatment. This case can indicate the possible existence of increased vulnerability to Listerine Whitening Blanquea Y Fortalece treatment in male patients, resulting in Anosmia side effect.
Listerine Side Effect Report#9721944
Skin Exfoliation, Pain, Oral Discomfort, Dysphagia, Oral Mucosal Erythema
This report suggests a potential Listerine Whitening Rinse Clean Mint Skin Exfoliation side effect(s) that can have serious consequences. A 58-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from US was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: NA and used Listerine Whitening Rinse Clean Mint (dosage: Dosage: 1/2 Cap Or Less) starting NS. After starting Listerine Whitening Rinse Clean Mint the patient began experiencing various side effects, including: Skin Exfoliation, Pain, Oral Discomfort, Dysphagia, Oral Mucosal ErythemaAdditional drugs used concurrently:
  • Multivitamins
  • Herbal Preparation
Although Listerine Whitening Rinse Clean Mint demonstrated significant improvements in a number of clinically relevant cases, troublesome symptoms, such as Skin Exfoliation, may still occur.
Listerine Side Effect Report#9715591
Oral Mucosal Exfoliation, Oral Discomfort, Oral Mucosal Erythema
This Oral Mucosal Exfoliation problem was reported by a consumer or non-health professional from US. A 31-year-old female patient (weight: NA) was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: dental disorder prophylaxis. On
Nov 09, 2013 this consumer started treatment with Listerine Whitening Toothpaste (dosage: Dime Or Less Size 1-3 Times A Day). The following drugs were being taken at the same time: NA. When using Listerine Whitening Toothpaste, the patient experienced the following unwanted symptoms/side effects: Oral Mucosal Exfoliation, Oral Discomfort, Oral Mucosal ErythemaAlthough all drugs are carefully tested before they are licensed for use, they carry side effect risks. Some side effects, such as Oral Mucosal Exfoliation, may become evident only after a product is in use by the general population.
Listerine Side Effect Report#9665277
Poisoning, Metabolic Acidosis
This Poisoning side effect was reported by a physician from US. A 45-year-old male patient (weight:NA) experienced the following symptoms/conditions: NA.The patient was prescribed Listerine (drug dosage: NA), which was initiated on NS. Concurrently used drugs:
  • Alcohol
.After starting to take Listerine the consumer reported adverse symptoms, such as: Poisoning, Metabolic AcidosisThese side effects may potentially be related to Listerine.
Listerine Side Effect Report#9647710
Ageusia, Aphthous Stomatitis
This is a report of a 75-year-old male patient (weight: NA) from US, suffering from the following health symptoms/conditions: dental care, who was treated with Listerine Total Care (dosage: NA, start time: NS), combined with: NA. and developed a serious reaction and side effect(s): Ageusia, Aphthous Stomatitis 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 Ageusia side effect.
Listerine Side Effect Report#9541168
Asthma, Cough
This report suggests a potential Listerine Original Asthma side effect(s) that can have serious consequences. A 64-year-old male patient (weight: NA) from US was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: NA and used Listerine Original (dosage: A Lot) starting NS. After starting Listerine Original the patient began experiencing various side effects, including: Asthma, CoughAdditional drugs used concurrently: NA. Although Listerine Original demonstrated significant improvements in a number of clinically relevant cases, troublesome symptoms, such as Asthma, may still occur.
Listerine Side Effect Report#9485375
Oral Candidiasis, Oral Mucosal Discolouration
This Oral Candidiasis problem was reported by a consumer or non-health professional from JP. A 47-year-old male patient (weight: NA) was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: dental disorder prophylaxis. On 201308 this consumer started treatment with Listerine (dosage: NA). The following drugs were being taken at the same time: NA. When using Listerine, the patient experienced the following unwanted symptoms/side effects: Oral Candidiasis, Oral Mucosal DiscolourationAlthough all drugs are carefully tested before they are licensed for use, they carry side effect risks. Some side effects, such as Oral Candidiasis, may become evident only after a product is in use by the general population.
Listerine Side Effect Report#9476580
Oral Pain, Oral Mucosal Exfoliation
This Oral Pain side effect was reported by a consumer or non-health professional from US. A 39-year-old male patient (weight:NA) experienced the following symptoms/conditions: dental disorder prophylaxis.The patient was prescribed Listerine Total Care Zero (drug dosage: NA), which was initiated on
Aug 18, 2013. Concurrently used drugs: NA..After starting to take Listerine Total Care Zero the consumer reported adverse symptoms, such as: Oral Pain, Oral Mucosal ExfoliationThese side effects may potentially be related to Listerine Total Care Zero.
Listerine Side Effect Report#9465460
Oral Bacterial Infection, Oral Pain, Toothache
This is a report of a 70-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from US, suffering from the following health symptoms/conditions: NA, who was treated with Listerine Mouthwash Coolmint (dosage: ^a Little Bit In The Cover^, start time: NS), combined with: NA. and developed a serious reaction and side effect(s): Oral Bacterial Infection, Oral Pain, Toothache after the beginning of treatment. This case can indicate the possible existence of increased vulnerability to Listerine Mouthwash Coolmint treatment in female patients, resulting in Oral Bacterial Infection side effect.
Listerine Side Effect Report#9366212
Off Label Use
This report suggests a potential Listerine Mouthwash Original Off Label Use side effect(s) that can have serious consequences. A 57-year-old male patient (weight: NA) from US was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: NA and used Listerine Mouthwash Original (dosage: NA) starting NS. After starting Listerine Mouthwash Original the patient began experiencing various side effects, including: Off Label UseAdditional drugs used concurrently: NA. Although Listerine Mouthwash Original demonstrated significant improvements in a number of clinically relevant cases, troublesome symptoms, such as Off Label Use, may still occur.
Listerine Side Effect Report#9346044
Loss Of Consciousness
This Loss Of Consciousness problem was reported by a consumer or non-health professional from US. A 26-year-old male patient (weight: NA) was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: NA. On
Jun 05, 2013 this consumer started treatment with Listerine Mouthwash Coolmint (dosage: Over 3/4 Of The Bottle). The following drugs were being taken at the same time: NA. When using Listerine Mouthwash Coolmint, the patient experienced the following unwanted symptoms/side effects: Loss Of ConsciousnessAlthough all drugs are carefully tested before they are licensed for use, they carry side effect risks. Some side effects, such as Loss Of Consciousness, may become evident only after a product is in use by the general population.
Listerine Side Effect Report#9322069
Anaphylactic Shock, Oral Infection, Oral Discomfort, Tongue Disorder
This Anaphylactic Shock side effect was reported by a consumer or non-health professional from US. A 33-year-old female patient (weight:NA) experienced the following symptoms/conditions: tooth deposit.The patient was prescribed Listerine Adv Mouthwash Tartar Protection (drug dosage: Cap Full), which was initiated on
May 11, 2013. Concurrently used drugs: NA..After starting to take Listerine Adv Mouthwash Tartar Protection the consumer reported adverse symptoms, such as: Anaphylactic Shock, Oral Infection, Oral Discomfort, Tongue DisorderThese side effects may potentially be related to Listerine Adv Mouthwash Tartar Protection. The patient was hospitalized.
Listerine Side Effect Report#9248258
Pain, Burning Sensation, Glossodynia, Tooth Disorder, Dry Mouth, Chapped Lips, Tongue Disorder, Oral Disorder, Chemical Injury
This is a report of a 39-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from US, suffering from the following health symptoms/conditions: dental disorder prophylaxis, who was treated with Listerine (dosage: 5ml Or Less Once A Day Dental, start time:
Jan 16, 2013), combined with: NA. and developed a serious reaction and side effect(s): Pain, Burning Sensation, Glossodynia, Tooth Disorder, Dry Mouth, Chapped Lips, Tongue Disorder, Oral Disorder, Chemical Injury after the beginning of treatment. This case can indicate the possible existence of increased vulnerability to Listerine treatment in female patients, resulting in Pain side effect.
Listerine Side Effect Report#9238268
Viith Nerve Paralysis
This report suggests a potential Listerine Mouthwash Coolmint Viith Nerve Paralysis side effect(s) that can have serious consequences. A 64-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from US was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: dental disorder prophylaxis,migraine and used Listerine Mouthwash Coolmint (dosage: Around One-fourth To One-third Of A Capful) starting 201208. After starting Listerine Mouthwash Coolmint the patient began experiencing various side effects, including: Viith Nerve ParalysisAdditional drugs used concurrently:
  • 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.)
Although Listerine Mouthwash Coolmint demonstrated significant improvements in a number of clinically relevant cases, troublesome symptoms, such as Viith Nerve Paralysis, may still occur.
Listerine Side Effect Report#9232899
Exposure During Pregnancy, Premature Rupture Of Membranes, Urinary Tract Infection, Application Site Pain, Application Site Exfoliation
This Exposure During Pregnancy problem was reported by a consumer or non-health professional from BR. A 29-year-old female patient (weight: NA) was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: dental disorder prophylaxis. On
Aug 17, 2012 this consumer started treatment with Listerine Zero (dosage: NA). The following drugs were being taken at the same time: NA. When using Listerine Zero, the patient experienced the following unwanted symptoms/side effects: Exposure During Pregnancy, Premature Rupture Of Membranes, Urinary Tract Infection, Application Site Pain, Application Site ExfoliationAlthough all drugs are carefully tested before they are licensed for use, they carry side effect risks. Some side effects, such as Exposure During Pregnancy, may become evident only after a product is in use by the general population.
Listerine Side Effect Report#9212945
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 (drug dosage: 1teaspoon Twice Dental), which was initiated on
Mar 25, 2013. Concurrently used drugs: NA..After starting to take Listerine Total Care Plus Whitening the consumer reported adverse symptoms, such as: Tooth DiscolourationThese side effects may potentially be related to Listerine Total Care Plus Whitening.
Listerine Side Effect Report#9208887
Hypertension, Arrhythmia, Palpitations, Dyspnoea, Fatigue
This is a report of a 75-year-old male patient (weight: NA) from JP, suffering from the following health 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): Hypertension, Arrhythmia, Palpitations, Dyspnoea, Fatigue 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.
Listerine Side Effect Report#9200979
Application Site Haemorrhage, Gingival Pain, Oral Herpes
This report suggests a potential Listerine Total Care Plus Whitening Mouthwash Application Site Haemorrhage 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. After starting Listerine Total Care Plus Whitening Mouthwash the patient began experiencing various side effects, including: Application Site Haemorrhage, Gingival Pain, Oral HerpesAdditional 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.
Listerine Side Effect Report#9190362
Tongue Haemorrhage, Application Site Haemorrhage, Oral Discomfort, Salivary Hypersecretion
This Tongue Haemorrhage 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 using Listerine Whitening, the patient experienced the following unwanted symptoms/side effects: Tongue Haemorrhage, Application Site Haemorrhage, Oral Discomfort, Salivary HypersecretionAlthough 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.
Listerine Side Effect Report#9184734
Syncope, Incorrect Dose Administered, Headache, Vision Blurred, Diarrhoea, Mouth Injury
This Syncope side effect was reported by a consumer or non-health professional from BR. A 7.-year-old male patient (weight:NA) experienced the following symptoms/conditions: NA.The patient was prescribed Listerine (drug dosage: NA), which was initiated on
Mar 12, 2013. Concurrently used drugs: NA..After starting to take Listerine the consumer reported adverse symptoms, such as: Syncope, Incorrect Dose Administered, Headache, Vision Blurred, Diarrhoea, Mouth InjuryThese side effects may potentially be related to Listerine.
Listerine Side Effect Report#9171416
Tongue Haemorrhage, Application Site Haemorrhage, Oral Discomfort, Salivary Hypersecretion
This is a report of a 38-year-old male patient (weight: NA) from BR, suffering from the following health symptoms/conditions: dental care, who was treated with Listerine Whitening (dosage: Bucca 1, start time:
Feb 23, 2013), combined with:
  • Hydrochlorothiazide
  • Allopurinol
and developed a serious reaction and side effect(s): Tongue Haemorrhage, Application Site Haemorrhage, Oral Discomfort, Salivary Hypersecretion after the beginning of treatment. This case can indicate the possible existence of increased vulnerability to Listerine Whitening treatment in male patients, resulting in Tongue Haemorrhage side effect.

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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.


What are common Listerine Side Effects for Women?

Women Side EffectsReports
Application Site Burn 92
Oral Discomfort 50
Lip Swelling 35
Glossodynia 34
Product Quality Issue 33
Application Site Pain 31
Oral Pain 30
Oral Mucosal Exfoliation 29
Stomatitis 28
Ageusia 25

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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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