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Benzocaine/ menthol/ glycerin gel

Pronunciation

Generic Name: benzocaine/menthol/glycerin (BEN-zoe-kane/MEN-thol/GLIS-er-in)
Brand Name: Retre-Gel

Benzocaine/ menthol/ glycerin gel is used for:

Temporarily relieving minor pain and itching associated with cold sores and fever blisters.

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

Do NOT use benzocaine/ menthol/ glycerin gel if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in benzocaine/menthol/glycerin gel 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.

Before using benzocaine/ menthol/ glycerin gel:

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

Ask your health care provider if benzocaine/menthol/glycerin gel 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/ menthol/ glycerin gel:

Use benzocaine/menthol/glycerin gel 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/menthol/glycerin gel.
  • Do not use benzocaine/menthol/glycerin gel more often than 4 times daily unless your doctor tells you otherwise.
  • If you miss a dose of benzocaine/menthol/glycerin gel 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/menthol/glycerin gel.

Important safety information:

  • Benzocaine/menthol/glycerin gel is for external use only. Do not get it 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.
  • If your symptoms do not get better within 7 days or if they get worse or return, check with your doctor.
  • Benzocaine/menthol/glycerin gel should not be used in CHILDREN younger than 2 years old without first checking with the child's doctor; 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/menthol/glycerin gel while you are pregnant. It is not known if this medicine is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use benzocaine/menthol/glycerin gel, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of benzocaine/ menthol/ glycerin gel:

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 treated area.

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); confusion; fast heartbeat; headache; light-headedness; pale, gray- or blue-colored skin, lips, or nail beds; shortness of breath; tiredness.

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/menthol/glycerin gel may be harmful if swallowed.

Proper storage of benzocaine/menthol/glycerin gel:

Store benzocaine/menthol/glycerin gel at room temperature, 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/menthol/glycerin gel out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

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

Review Date: November 3, 2016

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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