Yes! The rate of discoloration varies between 2 to 24 hours for some.
Warning: In addition to being a star ingredient, methylene blue is a powerful dye. It will temporarily stain your mouth (including your teeth). We have tips on speeding up discoloration in our FAQ section. If you have any concerns about dental work and/or prolonged staining, please consult your dentist.
Blue tongue resolution speed will depend on how much you moved it around your mouth while it was in there.
There is no quick antidote but if you want to reduce the blue faster we have included tips below.
Here are a few suggestions from Dr. Ted:
When methylene blue is reduced, it decolorizes.
Reducing agents such as sodium hydroxide — add 1/4 tsp baking soda in 4 fl oz water and rinse the mouth with it for a few minutes — should reduce the methylene blue. This should be done ideally 5-10 mins after the troche has fully dissolved.
Since the reaction is acid-catalyzed, rinse the mouth with 1 part vinegar, 1 part water first, right before rinsing with baking soda, would hasten the decolorizing reaction.
We also find that hot liquids help as well!