Benzocaine


What is Benzocaine for ?

This medication is a local anesthetic used to treat painful conditions such as mouth ulcers, sore throat, before inserting instruments into the rectum or vagina for examination. It works by numbing the skin.

How does Benzocaine work ?

Benzocaine numbs the nerves where it is used.

How should Benzocaine be used ?

It comes as a gel, lotion to apply topically. Adult: Topical analgesia and anesthesia- As gel, paste, cream, lotion, spray, solution or suppository up to 20%: Apply as directed by your physician.

Common side effects of Benzocaine ?

Slight stinging, irritation, numbness of tongue and mouth region.

What do I do if I miss a dose ?

Take a missed dose as soon as you think about it. - If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time. - Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses. - Do not change the dose or stop this drug. - Talk with the doctor.

What precautions should I take when taking Benzocaine ?

If you have an allergy to benzocaine or any other part of this drug. - Tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs. Make sure to tell about the allergy and what signs you had. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs. - If you have a skin infection.

When do I need to seek medical help ?

If you think there was an overdose, call your local poison control center or ER right away. Signs of a very bad reaction to the drug. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue or gray skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat. Trouble breathing. A fast heartbeat. Big change in balance. Weakness, numbness, or tingling. Change in thinking clearly and with logic. Very bad skin irritation. Any rash. Side effect or health problem is not better or you are feeling worse. - Oral spray: - Blue or gray skin color, headache, dizziness, trouble breathing, feeling tired or weak, andor a fast heartbeat.

Can I take Benzocaine with other medicines ?

Do not use on people with known allergies to this and PABA (para-aminobenzoic acid) compounds.

Are there any food restrictions ?

Avoid Alcohol.

How do I store Benzocaine ?

Store it at controlled room temperature 15°-30°C.Keep out of the reach of children.

Pregnancy Category ?

Category C : Animal reproduction studies have shown an adverse effect on the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use of the drug in pregnant women despite potential risks.

Therapeutic Classification ?

Anaesthetics- Local & General.