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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 23  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 59-60

Can toothpaste carry drugs to fight pulmonary infections?

1 Centre for Scientific Research and Development, Immunology Laboratory, People's University, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India
2 Department of Pharmacology, People's College of Medical Sciences and Research Centre, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India

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Dr. Vijay Thawani
Department of Pharmacology, People's College of Medical Sciences and Research Centre, Bhanpur, Bhopal - 462 037, Madhya Pradesh
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jmgims.jmgims_29_18

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Toothpastes have been used as vehicles to deliver drugs in the oral cavity. Scientists delivered antibiotics to oral cavity through toothpastes and postulated that toothpastes may also be used to deliver antibiotics to tackle fatal lung diseases. Cystic fibrosis is a rare lung disease due to genetic disorder which results in excess mucus production in the lungs. This lung infection is treated with antibiotics which are given intravenously, inhaled, or given orally. Positive results have been reported with antibiotics in toothpastes, which can be extrapolated to deliver these for pulmonary diseases.

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