Debacterol Alternative Oralmedic Is Available Online
I gushed previously about Debacterol as a 5-second cure for canker sores.
Unfortunately, it’s only available by prescription, which prompted an astute commenter named Tex (awesome name) to ask about a product called Oralmedic, which I must admit I had not heard of. He wondered if it was the same thing and if it was available over the counter.
So I checked into it. Turns out it’s not available anywhere that I could find in the United States. But I did find it on MouthUlcers.org in their store, which is based in the UK, so I placed an order.
Shout out to the MouthUlcers.org people, they’ve got a great website and they delivered their product quickly, especially considering the distance.
First impressions of Oralmedic for Canker Sores.
Opening up the package, everything looks just like Debacterol – a cotton swab with a hollow tube that delivers a dose into the swab head when you break the seal. It also smells the same as Debacterol – very sharp and chemical.
And the ingredients in the two look very similar.
Here’s Debacterol’s ingredient list:
“50% Sulfonated Phenolics and 30% Sufuric Acid in an Aqueous Solution.”
Oralmedic lists their compound as a solution called HybenX, which is described as:
“Hydroxybenzenesulfonic Acid, Hydroxymethoxybenzenesulfonic Acid, Sulphuric Acid, Water, Red 40”
(Not being a chemist, I looked up Hydroxybenzenesulfonic acid and found out that it’s also listed as a “Phenolsulfonic acid”, which sounds very much like the “Sulfonated Phenolics” on the Debacterol list. So they could be referring to the same ingredient)
I’m feeling good about this. By all accounts, these are the same treatment, now available without a prescription online.
And yet, somehow, I got vastly different results from Oralmedic.
Oralmedic for Canker Sores results
Now, the package only came with 2 swabs, so I didn’t get to test it on more than 2 ulcers, but the two I tested on had the exact same reaction.
They actually got worse.
The first ulcer was a tiny one that had just started below my tongue. It had literally not been up for a full day when I decided to head it off at the pass with Oralmedic. It stung when I applied it, which one would expect from a) an ulcer and b) acid. I left it on for just over 5 seconds and removed it. Cleaned out my mouth with a good swish.
Just like Debacterol did, the acid burned a white spot around the ulcer. But unlike Debacterol, which reversed the ulcer in a day, Oralmedic had the opposite effect. Instead of that white spot deterring the ulcer, it just made it bigger.
The ulcer now covered the entire area of the white spot. The burned cells around the ulcer just became fodder for a bigger ulcer. Instead of frying the ulceration process, it simply caused more damage for the ulcer to latch on to.
So in one day it quadrupled in size. And then continued to exist for a full 8 days as a normal ulcer would.
As that ulcer was running its course, another one popped up and I hit it with the second round of Oralmedic. The same result happened except this ulcer was even worse and became a monster that inflamed to the point of causing my mandibular nerve to swell and become painful. I don’t blame the Oralmedic for that, but it didn’t make me more of a fan.
So what gives? Well, here’s where things get even more interesting.
I still had some Debacterol laying around and wanted to try it on a new one and see if it would still work as well as I remembered. Soon after a new one popped up (I’ve had a lot of ulcers in the last few months) and I hit it with Debacterol. And I had the same awful results as the Oralmedic.
Has my body just quit being able to handle the Sulfuric Acid treatments? How come they worked so well before and so poorly now?
I have a theory.
My new theory on Debacterol, Oralmedic, and sufuric acid treatments for canker sores.
When I tested Debacterol a year ago (yeah, it’s been almost a year now), I tested it on “mature” ulcers. Sores that had already grown to full size and would probably begin healing within the next day or two. When used at that point, the ulcers were knocked out immediately. But when I hit a fledgling ulcer that was just budding in, the treatment only exacerbated it.
I have a feeling that as the acute phase reaction of a canker sore begins, treating it with sulfuric acid could only cause damage that further activates the acute phase reaction and increases swelling. But once the acute phase reaction is over and the ulcer is full-blown and ready to heal, hitting it with acid will seal the tissue and help it heal faster.
This is totally just a theory at this point, but I have a couple more Debacterol swabs that I’m going to test on a full-blown ulcer and see if the results are different.
But to answer the original question of this post – from everything I’ve observed, Oralmedic is an identical Debacterol alternative that you can buy online without a prescription.
Price of Debacterol vs. Oralmedic
Debacterol is priced at around $12 without insurance at pharmacies (at least the one I go to) – and that’s for one treatment. Oralmedic is available from MouthUlcers.org for 5.60 Euro, so you’re subject to the conversion rate. I find it’s safe to assume a 1.50/1 conversion rate, so you’d actually be spending more like $8.40 plus international shipping. BUT, you do get 2 treatments for each order, instead of one for Debacterol. Plus, the cost of a dentist appointment if your dentist is not willing to prescribe it sight unseen.
Debacterol – $12 for 1 treatment
Oralmedic – $8.40 + shipping for 2 treatments (order several at once and save some shipping)
PLEASE NOTE: I’m not giving you this information to keep you from seeing your dentist. I encourage everyone to see their dentist before doing any kind of treatment they’re not sure of. But this does seem to be a viable alternative to consider.
Of course, the best canker sore treatment is the one that prevents them from forming in the first place. For that, there’s the Cankerboy Canker Sore Solution. Click the pic to give it a try. There’s a 2-month risk-free trial!