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Benzocaine lozenges

Pronunciation

Generic Name: benzocaine (BEN-zoe-kane)
Brand Name: Examples include Trocaine Throat and Laryngesic

Benzocaine lozenges is used for:

Temporarily relieving minor mouth or gum irritation or minor sore throat.

Benzocaine lozenges is a topical anesthetic. It works by numbing the affected area.

Do NOT use benzocaine lozenges if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in benzocaine lozenges or to other similar local anesthetics (eg, lidocaine)

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

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Before using benzocaine lozenges:

Some medical conditions may interact with benzocaine lozenges. 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 lozenges. Because little, if any, of benzocaine lozenges is absorbed into the blood, the risk of it interacting with another medicine is low.

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if benzocaine lozenges 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 lozenges:

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

  • Dissolve benzocaine lozenges slowly in your mouth as directed on the package labeling or by your doctor.
  • Do not chew benzocaine lozenges.
  • If you miss a dose of benzocaine lozenges and you are taking it regularly, take it as soon as you remember. Continue to take benzocaine lozenges as directed. Do not take 2 doses at once.

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

Important safety information:

  • Do not exceed the recommended dose or use benzocaine lozenges for longer than 2 days without checking with your doctor.
  • Severe or persistent sore throat accompanied by high fever, headache, nausea, or vomiting may be serious. Check with your doctor immediately if you experience these symptoms.
  • Diabetes patients - Some of these products may contain sugar. Read the labeling carefully. If you are unsure if this product contains sugar, check with your doctor or pharmacist.
  • Benzocaine lozenges is not recommended for use in CHILDREN younger than 5 years of age. Safety and effectiveness in this age group have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant while taking benzocaine lozenges, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using benzocaine lozenges during pregnancy. It is unknown if benzocaine lozenges is excreted in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you are using benzocaine lozenges, check with your doctor or pharmacist to discuss the risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of benzocaine lozenges:

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 lozenges may be harmful if swallowed.

Proper storage of benzocaine lozenges:

Store benzocaine lozenges between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep benzocaine lozenges out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about benzocaine lozenges, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Benzocaine lozenges 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 lozenges 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 lozenges. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to benzocaine lozenges. 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 lozenges.

Issue Date: September 3, 2014
Database Edition 14.3.1.003
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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