Canker Sores (Mouth ulcers)

If you've ever had those open, shallow sores in your mouth and taken a gulp of orange juice, you know how painful canker sores can be.

Most canker sores will heal on their own in a few days to a couple of weeks. If they're painful, our pharmacist can prescribe (depending on certain conditions) or recommend an oral or topical over-the-counter pain reliever to help you manage the pain and give you some advice to make canker sores less painful and keep them from coming back.

Eligibility criteria and details

The pharmacist MAY PRESCRIBE a medication if:

  • The patient has already been diagnosed by a healthcare professional qualified to prescribe.
  • A prescription for the condition has already been written.

A pharmacist CANNOT PRESCRIBE a medication if:

  • More than 5 years have passed since the last treatment prescribed by another professional qualified to prescribe medication.

Unless there is clinical justification or a supply shortage, the pharmacist should normally re-prescribe the drug listed on the reference prescription. When prescribing a different drug, the pharmacist should ensure that the drug prescribed is in a class of drugs of equal or lesser potency than the one originally prescribed.

If more than 5 years have passed since the last prescribed treatment or if this condition has never been diagnosed, the pharmacist may still prescribe or recommend an over-the-counter medication if the patient's clinical situation or any other circumstance justifies it.

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