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Benzocaine

Benzocaine Prescription
Generic Name: benzocaine topical (BENZ oh kane TOP ik al)
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Physician reviewed benzocaine topical patient information - includes benzocaine topical description, dosage and directions.
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Benzocaine Drug Information:

Benzocaine is a local anesthetic (numbing medication). It works by blocking nerve signals in your body. Benzocaine topical is used to reduce pain or discomfort caused by minor skin irritations, sore throat, sunburn, vaginal or rectal irritation, ingrown toenails, hemorrhoids, and many other sources of minor pain on a surface of the body. Benzocaine is also used to numb the skin or surfaces inside the mouth, nose, throat, vagina, or rectum to lessen the pain of inserting a medical instrument such as a tube or speculum. Learn more

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Benzocaine Side Effects

For the Consumer

Applies to benzocaine topical: cream, film, gel/jelly, lotion, lozenge/troche, ointment, paste, powder for suspension, solution, spray, swab, tablet disintegrating

Other dosage forms:

  • topical application gel/jelly, topical application liquid, topical application ointment, topical application solution, topical application spray

Along with its needed effects, benzocaine topical may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur while taking benzocaine topical:

Incidence not known

  • Bluish-colored lips, fingernails, or palms
  • dark urine
  • difficulty breathing
  • dizziness or lightheadedness
  • headache
  • high fever
  • nausea
  • pale skin
  • rapid heart rate
  • sore throat
  • unusual bleeding or bruising
  • unusual tiredness or weakness
  • vomiting
  • worsening of pain, redness, swelling, or irritation in or around the mouth

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to benzocaine topical: compounding powder, mucous membrane gel, mucous membrane liquid, mucous membrane lozenge, mucous membrane paste, mucous membrane powder for reconstitution, mucous membrane spray, mucous membrane swab, mucous membrane tablet disintegrating, rectal ointment, rectal suppository, topical cream, topical gel, topical liquid, topical lotion, topical ointment, topical spray, topical stick, topical swab

Dermatologic

Dermatologic side effects have included contact dermatitis and urticaria.

Local

Local side effects have included burning and stinging.

Other

Other side effects have included edema.

Cardiovascular

Cardiovascular side effects have included angioedema.

Hematologic

Hematologic side effects have included methemoglobinemia. FDA continues to receive reports of methemoglobinemia from postmarketing reporting.

Editorial References and Review

Medically reviewed by USARx EDITORIAL TEAM Last updated on 1/1/2020.

Source: Drugs.com Benzocaine (www.drugs.com/mtm/benzocaine-topical.html).