Benzocaine (On the skin)
Anesthetic, Local, Hemorrhoidal Anesthetic (About this – PubMed Health)
Uses of This Medicine
Benzocaine belongs to a group of medicines known as topical local anesthetics. It deadens the nerve endings in the skin. This medicine does not cause unconsciousness like general anesthetics do when used for surgery.
This medicine is available without a prescription; however, your doctor may have special instructions on the proper use and dose for your medical condition.
Other uses (PubMed Health)
How To Use
Cream, Gel/Jelly, Liquid, Ointment, Pad, Spray, Swab
This medicine is not for long-term use. Do not use this medicine for longer than directed by your doctor.
Your doctor will tell you how much of this medicine to use, where to apply it, and how often to apply it. Do not use more medicine or use it more often than your doctor tells you to. Too much of this medicine or use on a large part of your skin can cause serious side effects.
Do not apply this medicine to open wounds, burns, broken or inflamed skin, or to a large area of skin unless directed by your doctor.
Wash your hands with soap and water before and after you use this medicine.
To use this medicine:Gel: First dry the affected area as much as possible. Apply a thin layer of gel and wait 60 seconds while it dries into a smooth film coating. Do not peel off or remove the film coating. The coating will fall off on its own. Pad or swab: Open the package according to the directions. When treating a bee sting, remove the stinger before you use the medicine. Wipe the pad or swab across the affected skin area. Cream or ointment: Apply a thin layer to the affected area. Rub it in gently. Aerosol spray: Hold the can 6 to 12 inches from the skin and spray for about 1 to 2 seconds. If you need to apply this medicine to your face, spray it in the palm of your hand and then wipe your hands on your face. Do not inhale the spray or use it near heat, open flame, or while smoking. Do not puncture, break, or burn the aerosol can.
Ask your doctor if you should cover your treated skin with a bandage. Let the medicine dry before you put the bandage on.
Missed dose: Apply a dose as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then and apply a regular dose. Do not apply extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.
Store the aerosol spray at room temperature, away from heat or fire. Store the cream, gel, liquid, or ointment at room temperature, away from heat and direct light. Do not freeze.
Drugs and Foods to Avoid
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
Some medicines can affect how benzocaine works. Tell your doctor if you are taking medicines containing nitrates or nitrites, such as nitroglycerin.
Do not put cosmetics or skin care products on the treated skin.
When Not To Use
This medicine is not right for everyone. Do not use it if you had an allergic reaction to benzocaine.
Call your doctor if your symptoms get worse or do not improve within 7 days, or get better and then come back.
Do not give this medicine to a child younger than 2 years, unless directed by a doctor.
This medicine may cause a rare but serious blood problem called methemoglobinemia. This condition may occur after use of the spray for medical procedures or use of the over-the-counter gel or liquid for mouth sores or teething in children.
Do not use this medicine to treat a skin problem your doctor has not examined.
Keep all medicine out of the reach of children. Never share your medicine with anyone.
Possible side effects
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Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
Confusion, headache, lightheadedness, shortness of breath, or fast heartbeat
Irritability, fainting, difficulty walking, or unusual drowsiness
Pale, gray, or blue skin, lips, or nails
Redness, pain, or swelling where the medicine is applied
Unusual tiredness or weakness
If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
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Brand names include
Americaine, Anacaine, Baby Orajel Nighttime Formula, Chigg Away, Chiggerex, Chiggertox, Dermoplast Maximum Strength, Mandelay, Mandelay Maximum Strength, Medicone, Medicone Maximum Strength, Outgro, Solarcaine, Topicaine
There may be other brand names for this medicine.