Frequently Asked Questions
What is SalivaMAX ®?
SalivaMAX is a supersaturated calcium phosphate powder that when dissolved in water, creates a solution with a high concentration of electrolytes similar to that of natural saliva. SalivaMAX is an artificial saliva that is used to relieve acute and chronic symptoms of xerostomia and mucositis. Supersaturated calcium phosphate rinses have been clinically proven to reduce the symptoms of xerostomia (dry mouth) due to medications, dysfunction of the salivary glands, and Sjögren’s syndrome.
SalivaMAX is intended to moisten, lubricate, and clean the oral cavity including the mucosa of the mouth, tongue, and throat. SalivaMAX may be used as part of an oral hygiene program for patients with dry mouth.
How does SalivaMAX work?
SalivaMAX contains high concentrations of calcium and phosphate ions to help the patient with low saliva flow supplement the missing elements needed for a healthy mouth.
What are the indications for SalivaMAX?
- SalivaMAX is indicated for dryness of the mouth or throat (hyposalivation, xerostomia, mucositis), regardless of the cause and regardless of whether the condition is temporary or permanent. Relief of dryness of the oral mucosa in these conditions is associated with an amelioration of pain.
- SalivaMAX is also indicated as an adjunct to standard oral care in treating the mucositis that may be caused by radiation or high dose chemotherapy.
- SalivaMAX may be used for the relief of dryness of the oral mucosa when hyposalivation results from the following: pre/post surgery, radiotherapy, chemotherapy, infection or dysfunction of the salivary glands, inflammation of the mouth or throat, fever, emotional factors such as fear or anxiety, obstruction of the salivary ducts, Bell’s Palsy, and Sjogren’s syndrome. SalivaMAX is also indicated for dryness of the oral mucosa due to drugs such as antihistamines, atropine, or other anticholinergeic agents that suppress salivary secretion.
- SalivaMAX may be used as part of an oral hygiene program for patients with dry mouth. SalivaMAX provides intensive hygiene of the oral cavity, and may be used to help relieve bad taste, relieve offensive nasal discharge, and crusting.
How do patients use SalivaMAX?
Patients should dissolve one packet of SalivaMAX in one ounce of water (30 mL) then swish half of the solution in the mouth for 1 minute and spit out. Repeat with the remaining half of the solution. Patients should use the entire dose within 3 minutes of dissolving the powder in water.
Does SalivaMAX have side effects?
There have been no reported side effects for supersaturated calcium phosphate rinses. SalivaMAX does contain sodium. Patients restricted to a low sodium diet should consult their physician before use.
What do I do if I accidentally swallow SalivaMAX?
No adverse effects are expected if SalivaMAX is swallowed accidentally.
What are the ingredients in SalivaMAX?
SalivaMAX contains an abundance of calcium and phosphate ions in solution.
How long does SalivaMAX work and how often should I use it?
A research study on patients with high grade xerostomia found that the average duration of the supersaturated calcium phosphate rinse lasted about 71 minutes per dose. Lower grades of xerostomia can be used less frequently because of the reduced need for the rinse. SalivaMAX may be used 2 – 10 times per day. Please consult your physician for your specific dosing requirements.
What clinical studies do you have?
There are many clinical studies on the benefits of supersaturated calcium phosphate rinses. SalivaMAX is currently participating in several additional studies and we hope to distribute that data shortly.
Can SalivaMAX be mixed in a water bottle and used throughout the day?
No, you cannot pre-mix your SalivaMAX in water. SalivaMAX is a supersaturated solution, after a short time from mixing with water, the ions begin to precipitate out. Once the precipitation occurs, the effectiveness of SalivaMAX is dramatically reduced. It is recommended to use SalivaMAX within 3 minutes of mixing.
How long is the shelf life?
Do you give samples for us to give patients?
Due to biologic variability, we do not sample this product. We do not want your patient to get a couple packets and think it doesn’t work after 2 doses.
Can you ship it directly to my patient?
Due to it’s FDA classification, we are unable to ship SalivaMAX directly to patients.