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Benzocaine/ glycerin spray

Generic Name: benzocaine/glycerin (BEN-zoe-kane/GLIS-er-in)
Brand Name: Cepacol Dual Relief

Benzocaine/ glycerin spray is used for:

Temporarily relieving minor mouth or gum irritation, pain caused by canker sores, or minor sore throat.

Benzocaine/glycerin spray is a topical anesthetic and demulcent combination. It works by numbing and soothing the affected area.

Do NOT use benzocaine/ glycerin spray if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in benzocaine/glycerin spray or to other similar local anesthetics (eg, lidocaine, procaine)

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

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Before using benzocaine/ glycerin spray:

Some medical conditions may interact with benzocaine/glycerin spray. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with benzocaine/glycerin spray. Because little, if any, of benzocaine/glycerin spray is absorbed into the blood, the risk of it interacting with another medicine is low.

Ask your health care provider if benzocaine/glycerin spray may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use benzocaine/ glycerin spray:

Use benzocaine/glycerin spray as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Children younger than 12 years old should be supervised by an adult while using benzocaine/glycerin spray.
  • Shake well before each use.
  • Spray 1 spray onto the affected area as directed by your doctor or on the package labeling. Do not use more than 1 spray per use.
  • Do not use benzocaine/glycerin spray more often than 4 times daily unless your doctor tells you otherwise.
  • If you miss a dose of benzocaine/glycerin spray and you are using it regularly, use it as soon as you remember. Continue to use it as directed by your doctor or on the package label. Do not use 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use benzocaine/glycerin spray.

Important safety information:

  • Do not get benzocaine/glycerin spray in your eyes. If you get it in your eyes, rinse right away with cool water.
  • Do NOT use more than the recommended dose without checking with your doctor.
  • Do not use benzocaine/glycerin spray for more than 2 days for sore throat or 7 days for sore mouth without checking with your doctor.
  • Sore throat that is severe, persistent, or occurs with high fever, headache, rash, nausea, or vomiting may be serious. Check with your doctor right away if these symptoms occur.
  • Benzocaine/glycerin spray is flammable. Do not store or use near an open flame or while smoking.
  • Benzocaine/glycerin spray may cause harm if more than the amount used to treat pain is swallowed. If this occurs, contact your poison control center or emergency room right away.
  • Benzocaine/glycerin spray should not be used in CHILDREN younger than 6 years old; safety and effectiveness in these children have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using benzocaine/glycerin spray while you are pregnant. It is not known if benzocaine/glycerin spray is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use benzocaine/glycerin spray, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of benzocaine/ glycerin spray:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Numbness of the mouth or throat.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue).

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately. Benzocaine/glycerin spray may be harmful if swallowed.

Proper storage of benzocaine/glycerin spray:

Store benzocaine/glycerin spray between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 and 25 degrees C). Do not freeze. Store away from heat and light. Keep benzocaine/glycerin spray out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about benzocaine/glycerin spray, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Benzocaine/glycerin spray is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take benzocaine/glycerin spray or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. 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 benzocaine/glycerin spray. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to benzocaine/glycerin spray. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using benzocaine/glycerin spray.

Issue Date: April 2, 2014
Database Edition 14.2.1.001
Copyright © 2014 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. 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 your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

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