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Benzocaine use while Breastfeeding

Drugs containing Benzocaine: Cepacol Sore Throat, Orajel, Auralgan, Anbesol, Hurricaine, Dendracin, Benzo-Jel, Vagisil, Oticaine, Dermoplast, Show all 145 »Orabase, Chloraseptic Sore Throat Lozenges, Cepacol Dual Relief Sore Throat, Benzodent, Cetacaine, Medicone, Orabase with Benzocaine, Chiggerex, Cough-X Cough Relief, Maintain, Zilactin Tooth and Gum Instant Pain Reliever, Lanacane, Americaine, Babee Teething Lotion, Adazin, One Touch Advanced Gel, OraMagic Plus, Vagisil Maximum Strength, Chloraseptic Max Sore Throat Lozenges, Tanac, Dermagesic, Allergen, Enemeez Plus, Bucalsep Spray, Orasep Spray, Orasep Solution, Orajel Mouth Sore Medicine Gel, Orajel Mouth-Aid Liquid, Bucalsep Solution, Protac, Cepacol Anesthetic, Exactacain, Tebamide, Tebamide Pediatric, MyOxin, Orajel Overnight Cold Sore Patch, Caine Tips Oral Pain Relief, Play Longer, Orajel Denture Plus, Benz-O-Sthetic, Topex, Anbesol Baby, Boil Ease Pain Relieving, Retre-Gel, Skeeter Stik, Foille, Cepacol Extra Strength Sore Throat & Cough, Trioxin, Zilactin-B, Cepacol Sensations Cooling, Cepacol Extra Strength Sore Throat, Chloraseptic Warming Sore Throat Lozenges, Cepacol Instamax, Dermoplast Pain Relieving, Cepacol Sore Throat with Pain Relief, Vicks Formula 44 Custom Care Sore Throat Lozenges, Giltuss Bucalsep, Spec-T Sore Throat/Decongestant Lozenges, Z-Xtra, Vagicaine, Triban, Navogan, Therevac Plus, Vacuant Plus, Docusol Plus, Cepastat Sore Throat & Cough, Chloraseptic Total Sore Throat+Cough Lozenges, Spec-T Sore Throat/Cough Suppressant, Cepacol Sore Throat + Cough Relief, Cepacol Dual Relief Sore Throat + Cough Spray, Cough-X, Anbesol Cold Sore, Detane, Chigger-Tox, Chlorphenylcaine, Cepacol Ultra, Cepacol Sore Throat & Coating, Cepacol Sensations Warming, Chloraseptic Sore Throat Relief Strips, Benzotic, Pinnacaine, Otocain, Americaine Otic, Omedia, Dermoplast Antibacterial, Neotic, Otozin, Tympagesic, Cepacol Fizzlers, Otogesic, Aurax, Dolotic, Aurogard, Aurodex, Rx-Otic, Otigesic, A/B Otic, Auroto, OtiLam, Otic Care, PR Otic, Treagan, Sting Relief, Kank-a, Rid-A-Pain, Ora film, Hem-Prep, Americaine Hemorrhoidal, Sting-Kill, Solarcaine First Aid Medicated Spray, Outgro Pain Relief, Mosco Nail A Cain, Gelato Topical Anesthetic Gel, Foille Plus, Otic Edge, Orajel Baby, Num-Zit, Numzident, Topex Topical Anethetic, Americaine Anesthetic Lubricant, Cepacol Sensations Hydra, Laryngesic, Trocaine, Anacaine, Dent-O-Kain, Topical Anesthetic Dental Gel, Super Dent Topical Anesthetic Gel, Spec-T, Isodettes, Bicozene, Denti-Care Denti-Freeze, Precaine B, Opahl, BeeGentle, Gumsol

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Nov 29, 2018.

Benzocaine Levels and Effects while Breastfeeding

Summary of Use during Lactation

Topical benzocaine has not been studied during breastfeeding, but is unlikely to affect her breastfed infant if it is applied away from the breast. Benzocaine should not be applied to the breast or nipple, because the infant may ingest the drug during nursing and it has been associated with severe methemoglobinemia.

Drug Levels

Maternal Levels. Relevant published information was not found as of the revision date.

Infant Levels. Relevant published information was not found as of the revision date.

Effects in Breastfed Infants

Relevant published information was not found as of the revision date.

Effects on Lactation and Breastmilk

Relevant published information was not found as of the revision date.

Alternate Drugs to Consider



Benzocaine Identification

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Breast Feeding


Anesthetics, Local

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