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Benzocaine use while Breastfeeding

Drugs containing Benzocaine: Auralgan, Cepacol Sore Throat, Vagisil, Anbesol, Orajel, Dermoplast, Chloraseptic Sore Throat Lozenges, Hurricaine, Lanacane, Cepacol Ultra, Show all 143 »Cepacol Dual Relief Sore Throat, Oticaine, Cetacaine, One Touch Advanced Gel, Bicozene, Benzotic, Gumsol, Allergen, Chlorphenylcaine, Spec-T, Dendracin, Zilactin-B, Medicone, Num-Zit, Laryngesic, Americaine, Benzo-Jel, Cepacol Fizzlers, Sting Relief, Cepacol Sore Throat & Coating, Aurodex, Cough-X, Orabase, Neotic, Adazin, Cepacol Dual Relief Sore Throat + Cough Spray, Vagisil Maximum Strength, OtiLam, Triban, A/B Otic, Enemeez Plus, Otogesic, Dermoplast Antibacterial, Tanac, Cough-X Cough Relief, Boil Ease Pain Relieving, Foille, Trioxin, MyOxin, Orasep Spray, Bucalsep Spray, Tympagesic, Orasep Solution, Orajel Mouth Sore Medicine Gel, Orajel Mouth-Aid Liquid, Bucalsep Solution, Cepacol Sore Throat + Cough Relief, Protac, Cepacol Anesthetic, Exactacain, Orajel Overnight Cold Sore Patch, Caine Tips Oral Pain Relief, Cepacol Extra Strength Sore Throat & Cough, Chloraseptic Max Sore Throat Lozenges, Spec-T Sore Throat/Cough Suppressant, Cepacol Sore Throat with Pain Relief, Tebamide, Tebamide Pediatric, Navogan, Vagicaine, Treagan, Z-Xtra, Dermagesic, Spec-T Sore Throat/Decongestant Lozenges, Vicks Formula 44 Custom Care Sore Throat Lozenges, Dermoplast Pain Relieving, Chloraseptic Total Sore Throat+Cough Lozenges, Cepacol Instamax, Chloraseptic Warming Sore Throat Lozenges, Orajel Denture Plus, Cepacol Extra Strength Sore Throat, Cepacol Sensations Cooling, PR Otic, Therevac Plus, Vacuant Plus, Docusol Plus, Cepastat Sore Throat & Cough, Play Longer, Hem-Prep, Benz-O-Sthetic, Chloraseptic Sore Throat Relief Strips, Isodettes, Denti-Care Denti-Freeze, Precaine B, Opahl, OraMagic Plus, BeeGentle, Cepacol Sensations Hydra, Kank-a, Cepacol Sensations Warming, Zilactin Tooth and Gum Instant Pain Reliever, Otic Care, Topical Anesthetic Dental Gel, Auroto, Otigesic, Rx-Otic, Aurogard, Dolotic, Aurax, Pinnacaine, Otocain, Americaine Otic, Omedia, Otozin, Super Dent Topical Anesthetic Gel, Dent-O-Kain, Topex, Outgro Pain Relief, Anbesol Baby, Retre-Gel, Skeeter Stik, Anbesol Cold Sore, Chigger-Tox, Rid-A-Pain, Babee Teething Lotion, Americaine Hemorrhoidal, Sting-Kill, Solarcaine First Aid Medicated Spray, Orabase with Benzocaine, Mosco Nail A Cain, Anacaine, Gelato Topical Anesthetic Gel, Foille Plus, Otic Edge, Orajel Baby, Numzident, Maintain, Topex Topical Anethetic, Chiggerex, Ora film, Americaine Anesthetic Lubricant, Trocaine, Detane

Medically reviewed on September 7, 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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Drug Class

Anesthetics, Local

Administrative Information

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