Efficacy of Listerine antiseptic against MRSA, Candida albicans and HIV.

The antiseptic activity of Listerine and Cool Mint Listerine against methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), Candida albicans, human immuno deficiency virus (HIV) and oral bacteria was examined in this study. Exposure for 30 seconds to Listerine killed MRSA completely. Exposure for 30 seconds significantly decreased viable cells of C. albicans. More than 60% of HIV was inactivated by a 30 second exposure to 50% Listerine. Listerine exhibited a potent bactericidal effect against cariogenic and periodontopathic bacteria. Cool Mint Listerine had almost the same antiseptic effect against tested microorganisms. Listerine appears to be effective for killing etiologic microorganisms of opportunistic infection in the oral cavity.
AuthorsA Yamanaka, K Hirai, T Kato, Y Naito, K Okuda, S Toda, K Okuda
JournalThe Bulletin of Tokyo Dental College (Bull Tokyo Dent Coll) Vol. 35 Issue 1 Pg. 23-6 (Feb 1994) ISSN: 0040-8891 [Print] JAPAN
PMID7923507 (Publication Type: Journal Article, Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't)
Chemical References
  • Drug Combinations
  • Mouthwashes
  • Salicylates
  • Terpenes
  • Listerine
  • Candida albicans (drug effects)
  • Drug Combinations
  • HIV (drug effects)
  • Methicillin Resistance
  • Microbial Sensitivity Tests
  • Mouthwashes (pharmacology)
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Salicylates (pharmacology)
  • Staphylococcus aureus (drug effects)
  • Terpenes (pharmacology)

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