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Cetacaine

Generic Name: Benzocaine, Butamben, and Tetracaine (BEN zoe kane, byoo TAM ben, & TET ra kane)
Brand Name: Cetacaine
Easy-to-read patient leaflet for Cetacaine. Includes indications, proper use, special instructions, precautions, and possible side effects.
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Drug Information:
For all patients taking Cetacaine (Benzocaine, butamben, and Tetracaine): Children: This medicine may interact with other drugs or health problems. 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 Cetacaine (Benzocaine, butamben, and Tetracaine) with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor. Learn more

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Cetacaine Side Effects

Note: This document contains side effect information about benzocaine / butamben / tetracaine topical. Some of the dosage forms listed on this page may not apply to the brand name Cetacaine.

Applies to benzocaine / butamben / tetracaine topical: external liquid

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:

  • 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, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
  • Signs of methemoglobinemia like a blue or gray color of the lips, nails, or skin; a heartbeat that does not feel normal; seizures; very bad dizziness or passing out; very bad headache; feeling very sleepy; feeling tired or weak; or shortness of breath. This effect is rare but may be deadly if it happens.
  • Very bad irritation where this drug is used.
  • Swelling where this drug is used.

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:

  • Irritation where this drug is used.

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 the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

Some side effects may not be reported. You may report them to the FDA.

More about Cetacaine (benzocaine / butamben / tetracaine topical)

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Editorial References and Review

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

Source: Drugs.com Cetacaine (www.drugs.com/cdi/cetacaine.html).