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Cepacol Dual Relief spray

Generic Name: benzocaine/glycerin/dextromethorphan (BEN-zoe-kane/GLIS-er-in/DEX-troe-meth-OR-fan)
Brand Name: Cepacol Dual Relief

Cepacol Dual Relief spray is used for:

Temporarily relieving minor irritation, pain, sore mouth and throat, and cough caused by minor throat or bronchial irritation that may occur with the common cold.

Cepacol Dual Relief spray is an oral anesthetic, demulcent, and cough suppressant combination. It works by numbing and soothing the affected area, protecting irritated areas of the mouth and throat, and reducing a dry or nonproductive cough.

Do NOT use Cepacol Dual Relief spray if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Cepacol Dual Relief spray or to other similar local anesthetics (eg, procaine)
  • you are taking or have taken furazolidone or a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) (eg, phenelzine) within the last 14 days

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

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Before using Cepacol Dual Relief spray:

Some medical conditions may interact with Cepacol Dual Relief spray. Tell your health care provider 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
  • if you have chronic cough, chronic bronchitis, asthma, emphysema, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), or if cough occurs with a large amount of mucus
  • if you have mood or mental problems or Parkinson disease

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Cepacol Dual Relief spray. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:

  • Furazolidone or MAOIs (eg, phenelzine) because the risk of toxic side effects may be increased by Cepacol Dual Relief spray

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Cepacol Dual Relief 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 Cepacol Dual Relief spray:

Use Cepacol Dual Relief spray as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Shake well before each use.
  • Spray into the throat or onto the affected area as directed by your doctor or on the package.
  • Do not use Cepacol Dual Relief spray more than 4 times daily unless your doctor tells you otherwise.
  • If you miss a dose of Cepacol Dual Relief spray and you are taking it regularly, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Cepacol Dual Relief spray.

Important safety information:

  • Cepacol Dual Relief spray may cause drowsiness, dizziness, blurred vision, or lightheadedness. These effects may be worse if you take it with alcohol or certain medicines. Use Cepacol Dual Relief spray with caution. Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to it.
  • Do not get Cepacol Dual Relief spray in your eyes. If you get it in your eyes, rinse right away with cool water. If irritation persists, contact your doctor.
  • Do NOT use more than the recommended dose without checking with your doctor.
  • Do not use Cepacol Dual Relief spray for more than 2 days for sore throat without checking with your doctor. Sore throat that is severe, persistent, or occurs with high fever, headache, nausea, or vomiting may be serious. Contact your doctor right away if these symptoms occur.
  • Tell your doctor if your sore mouth symptoms do not get better in 7 days or if they get worse. Also tell your doctor if your cough lasts for more than 7 days, goes away and comes back, or if you also have a fever, rash, or persistent headache. These could be signs of a serious condition.
  • Cepacol Dual Relief spray has dextromethorphan in it. Before you start any new medicine, check the label to see if it has dextromethorphan in it too. If it does or if you are not sure, check with your doctor or pharmacist.
  • Cepacol Dual Relief spray is flammable. Do not store or use near an open flame or while smoking.
  • Cepacol Dual Relief 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: It is not known if Cepacol Dual Relief spray can cause harm to the fetus. If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Cepacol Dual Relief spray while you are pregnant. It is not known if Cepacol Dual Relief spray is found in breast milk. Do not breast-feed while taking Cepacol Dual Relief spray.

Possible side effects of Cepacol Dual Relief spray:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. No COMMON side effects have been reported with Cepacol Dual Relief spray. 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. Symptoms may include confusion; excitement; hallucinations; slowed breathing.

Proper storage of Cepacol Dual Relief spray:

Store Cepacol Dual Relief spray between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 and 25 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not freeze. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Cepacol Dual Relief spray out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

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

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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