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Benzocaine (BEN zoe kane)

Pediatric 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 ease pain from a toothache, sore throat, or canker sore.
  • It is used to numb an area of the skin before care.

Is it safe for my child to take this drug?

  • Not if your child has an allergy to benzocaine or any other part of this drug.
  • Be sure to let the doctor know if your child has any allergies or side effects to drugs, foods, or dyes. Make sure to tell about the allergy and what signs your child had. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
  • Not if your child has a skin infection.

What are some things I need to know or do while my child takes this drug?

  • Keep a list of all your child’s drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your child’s doctor.
  • Use care when a large part of the skin is involved or where there are open wounds.
  • Do not let your child eat while his/her mouth feels numb. Biting of the tongue could happen.
  • Check all drugs your child is taking with your child’s doctor. This drug may not mix well with some other drugs.
  • Do not use coverings (bandages, dressings) unless told to do so by your doctor.

Oral spray:

  • If your child has heart disease, talk with the doctor.
  • If your child has lung disease, talk with the doctor.

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

  • If any of this news causes you to be worried, any of the unwanted side effects happen, or if your child is not better after taking this drug.
  • 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.
  • If your child shows signs of a very bad reaction, call your child’s doctor or the ER right away. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; seizures; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or if your child is not acting normal.
  • If your child has trouble breathing.
  • If your child has a fast heartbeat.
  • If your child has a change in balance.
  • If your child has weakness, numbness, or tingling.
  • If your child has a change in thinking clearly and with logic.
  • If your child has very bad skin irritation.
  • If your child gets a rash.
  • If your child’s health problem does not get better or if you think your child’s health problem is worse.

Oral spray:

  • Blue or gray skin color, headache, dizziness, trouble breathing, feeling tired or weak, and/or a fast heartbeat.

What are some other side effects of this drug?

  • Skin irritation.

How is this drug best given?

Give this drug as ordered by your child’s doctor. Read and follow the dosing on the label closely.


  • Do not swallow this drug unless told to do so by your doctor.


  • Do not give by mouth. Use on your child’s skin only. Keep out of your child’s 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 part and rub in gently.
  • If you are using the spray for your child’s face, spray it on your hand or gauze and then put it on your child’s face.

What do I do if my child misses a dose?

  • Give a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
  • If it is close to the time for your child’s next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your child’s normal time.
  • Do not give 2 doses or extra doses.
  • Do not change the dose or stop your child’s drug. Talk with your child’s doctor.

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

  • Store at room temperature.
  • Protect from heat.

General drug facts

  • If your child’s symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your child’s doctor.
  • Do not share your child’s drug with others and do not give anyone else’s drug to your child.
  • Keep a list of all your child’s drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your child’s doctor.
  • Talk with your child’s doctor before giving your child 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 child’s doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.

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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