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Benzocaine (BEN zoe kane)

Adult Medication

Brand Names: U.S.

Anacaine; Anbesol Cold Sore Therapy [OTC]; Anbesol JR [OTC]; Anbesol Maximum Strength [OTC]; Anbesol [OTC]; Baby Anbesol [OTC]; Benz-O-Sthetic [OTC]; Benzocaine Oral Anesthetic [OTC]; Bi-Zets/Benzotroches [OTC]; Cepacol Dual Relief [OTC]; Cepacol Sensations Hydra [OTC]; Cepacol Sensations Warming [OTC]; Cepacol Sore Throat + Coating [OTC]; Cepacol Sore Throat Max Numb [OTC]; Cepacol Sore Throat [OTC]; Chiggerex [OTC]; Chiggertox [OTC]; Dent-O-Kain/20 [OTC]; Dentapaine [OTC]; Foille [OTC]; HurriCaine One [OTC]; Hurricaine [OTC]; Ivy-Rid [OTC]; Kank-A Mouth Pain [OTC]; Ora-film [OTC]; Oral Pain Relief Max St [OTC]; Pinnacaine Otic; Sore Throat Relief [OTC]; Topex Topical Anesthetic; Trocaine Throat [OTC]; Zilactin Baby [OTC]

Brand Names: Canada

Anbesol® Baby; Zilactin Baby®; Zilactin-B®

What is this drug used for?

  • It is used to treat signs of hemorrhoids or rectal irritation.
  • It is used to ease the pain caused by sunburn and skin irritation.
  • It is used to treat mouth sores.
  • It is used to treat canker sores.
  • It is used to ease mouth and throat pain.
  • It is used to ease pain, swelling, and pressure linked with some ear infections.

What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take this drug?

All products:

  • If you have an allergy to benzocaine or any other part of this drug.
  • If you are allergic to any drugs like this one, any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.

Ear drops:

  • If you have any of these health problems: Ear drainage or a hole in the eardrum.

All skin products:

  • If you have a skin infection.
This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with this drug.
Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take this drug with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.

What are some things I need to know or do while I take this drug?

All products:

  • Tell dentists, surgeons, and other doctors that you use this drug.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using this drug while you are pregnant.
  • Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about any risks to your baby.

All oral products:

  • Do not eat while your mouth feels numb. You may bite your tongue.

Lozenge:

  • If you have high blood sugar (diabetes), check labels closely. Some products have sugar.

Oral spray:

  • If you smoke, talk with your doctor.
  • Do not give this drug to a child younger than 6 years of age.
  • Talk with the doctor before you use this drug for a child younger than 12 years old.

All skin products:

  • Protect clothing and fabrics from staining.

Skin spray:

  • Use care when a large part of the skin is involved or where there are open wounds.
  • Do not use coverings (bandages, dressings, make-up) unless told to do so by the doctor.

What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?

WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:

All products:

  • Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
  • Shortness of breath.
  • Change in color of skin to a bluish color like on the lips, nail beds, fingers, or toes.

All skin products:

  • Very bad skin irritation.

Rectal:

  • Very bad bleeding from rectum or rectal pain.

Ear drops:

  • Very bad ear irritation.

All oral products:

  • Very bad mouth pain or irritation.

Oral spray:

  • Blue or gray skin color, headache, dizziness, trouble breathing, feeling tired or weak, and/or a fast heartbeat.
  • When treating a very sore throat, if signs last more than 2 days, or happen with fever, headache, rash, upset stomach, or throwing up.

What are some other side effects of this drug?

All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:

All skin products:

  • Skin irritation.

Rectal:

  • Rectal irritation.

Ear drops:

  • Ear irritation.

All oral products:

  • Mouth tingling.
These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
You may report side effects to your national health agency.

How is this drug best taken?

Use this drug as ordered by your doctor. Read and follow the dosing on the label closely.

All skin products:

  • Do not take this drug by mouth. Use on your skin only. Keep out of your mouth, nose, and eyes (may burn).
  • Wash your hands before and after use.
  • Clean affected part before use. Make sure to dry well.
  • Put a thin layer on the affected skin and rub in gently.
  • Do not use near an open flame or while smoking. It may burst.

Skin spray:

  • Shake well before use.
  • If you are using the spray for your face, spray it on your hand or gauze and then put it on your face.

All oral products:

  • Do not eat or drink for at least 1 hour after using.
  • Keep out of your eyes.

Gel and liquid:

  • Wash hands before and after use.
  • Put a thin layer on the affected skin.

Suspension:

  • This drug needs to be mixed before use.
  • Shake well before use.
  • It may be refrigerated to make it taste better.
  • Measure liquid doses carefully. Use the measuring device that comes with this drug. If there is none, get an oral syringe, a dropper, a spoon, or a cup (only for older children) from your pharmacist.
  • Swish drug in mouth and then spit the drug out.
  • Do not swallow this drug.

Lozenge:

  • Suck oral lozenge. Do not chew, break, or crush it. Do not swallow it whole.

Oral spray:

  • Shake well before use.
  • Spray into throat or onto affected area.
  • Use only 1 spray for a dose.
  • Leave in place for at least 1 minute and then spit it out.
  • This drug may catch on fire. Do not use near an open flame or while smoking.

Ear drops:

  • For the ear only.
  • Keep out of your mouth, nose, and eyes (may burn).
  • Put drops in ear without touching dropper to ear. Stay on side for 2 minutes or put cotton plug in ear.

What do I do if I miss a dose?

  • If you take this drug on a regular basis, 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.
  • Many times this drug is taken on an as needed basis. Do not take more often than told by the doctor.

How do I store and/or throw out this drug?

All products:

  • Store at room temperature.
  • Protect from heat.
  • Do not freeze.
  • Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to throw out unused drugs.

Suspension:

  • Throw away any part not used after 2 weeks.

Skin spray:

  • Protect from heat or open flame. Do not puncture or burn even if it seems empty.

General drug facts

  • If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
  • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else’s drugs.
  • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
  • Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
  • Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. If you have any questions about this drug, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

Consumer Information Use and Disclaimer

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only the healthcare provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for a specific patient. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from the healthcare provider. You must talk with the healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

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