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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 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 the doctor BEFORE my child takes this drug?

All products:

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

Ear drops:

  • If your child has any of these health problems: Ear drainage or a hole in the eardrum.

All skin products:

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

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

All products:

  • Tell dentists, surgeons, and other doctors that your child is using this drug.

If your child is pregnant or breast-feeding a baby:

  • Talk with the doctor if your child is pregnant, becomes pregnant, or is breast-feeding a baby. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using this drug.

All oral products:

  • Do not let your child eat while his/her mouth feels numb. Biting of the tongue could happen.

Lozenge:

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

Oral spray:

  • If your child smokes, talk with the 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 child’s 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 child’s doctor or get medical help right away if your child has 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:

  • If your child has 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 child’s doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother your child 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 child’s doctor. Call your child’s doctor for medical advice about side effects.
You may report side effects to your national health agency.

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.

All skin products:

  • 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.
  • 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 child’s face, spray it on your hand or gauze and then put it on your child’s face.

All oral products:

  • Do not let your child eat or drink for at least 1 hour after your child uses this drug.
  • Keep out of your child’s 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. Follow how to mix as you were told by the doctor.
  • 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.
  • Have your child swish in mouth and then spit the drug out.
  • Do not let your child swallow this drug.

Lozenge:

  • Have your child suck oral lozenge. Do not let your child chew, break, or crush it. Do not let your child 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 have your child 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 child’s mouth, nose, and eyes (may burn).
  • Put drops in ear without touching dropper to ear.
  • Have your child stay on his/her side for 2 minutes or put a cotton plug into ear.

What do I do if my child misses a dose?

  • If your child takes this drug on a regular basis, 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 at the same time or extra doses.
  • Many times this drug is given on an as needed basis. Do not give to your child 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 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.
  • 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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