What is Actisite?

Actisite is no longer available in the United States.

Actisite is a prescription medication that's used to treat periodontal disease, or disease of the gums. Actisite contains an antibacterial medication called tetracycline. Tetracycline is the generic name for the active drug in Actisite, but there is no generic version of this medication currently available. Tetracycline helps prevent bacteria from growing, which can reduce the risk for bacterial infection in your gums. Reducing periodontal infection also decreases swelling and bleeding in your mouth and gums. Actisite comes in the form of fibers that are inserted in your gums by a dentist. When placed in the inflamed area, Actisite fibers release a steady stream of medication for ten days. After ten days, your dentist will remove the fibers from your mouth. Because the effectiveness of Actisite depends on the proper timing of implanting and removing the fibers, it's important to keep all scheduled dentist appointments. Talk to your dentist to determine whether Actisite is right for you.

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