Benzocaine/ menthol lozenges
Generic Name: benzocaine/menthol (BEN-zoe-kane/MEN-thol)
Brand Name: Examples include Cepacol Sore Throat and Chloraseptic
Benzocaine/ menthol lozenges are used for:
Treating occasional minor irritation, pain, sore mouth, or sore throat. It may also be used to relieve pain from canker sores.
Benzocaine/menthol lozenges are a topical anesthetic. It works by numbing the affected area.
Do NOT use benzocaine/ menthol lozenges if:
- you are allergic to any ingredient in benzocaine/menthol lozenges or to other similar local anesthetics (eg, procaine, butacaine, lidocaine)
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Before using benzocaine/ menthol lozenges:
Some medical conditions may interact with benzocaine/menthol 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/menthol lozenges. Because little, if any, of benzocaine/menthol lozenges are absorbed into the blood, the risk of it interacting with another medicine is low.
Ask your health care provider if benzocaine/menthol 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/ menthol lozenges:
Use benzocaine/menthol lozenges as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
- Dissolve 1 lozenge slowly in your mouth as directed by your doctor or the package label.
- Do not chew benzocaine/menthol lozenges or swallow it whole.
- Ask your doctor or check the package labeling to see how often you may use benzocaine/menthol lozenges.
- If you miss a dose of benzocaine/menthol lozenges, use it as soon as you remember. Continue to use benzocaine/menthol 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/menthol lozenges.
Important safety information:
- Do not use more than the recommended dose without checking with your doctor. Do not use benzocaine/menthol lozenges for longer than 2 days for sore throat or 7 days for sore mouth without checking with your doctor.
- If your symptoms do not get better or if they get worse, check with your doctor.
- Severe or persistent sore throat or sore throat with fever, headache, nausea, or vomiting may be serious. Check with your doctor right away 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/menthol lozenges are not recommended for use in CHILDREN younger than 3 years old; safety and effectiveness in these children have not been confirmed.
- PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant while taking benzocaine/menthol lozenges, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using benzocaine/menthol lozenges 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 lozenges, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.
Possible side effects of benzocaine/ menthol 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:
Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
Numbness of the mouth or throat.
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.Proper storage of benzocaine/menthol lozenges:
Store benzocaine/menthol lozenges 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 lozenges out of the reach of children and away from pets.
- If you have any questions about benzocaine/menthol lozenges, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- Benzocaine/menthol lozenges are 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 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/menthol lozenges. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to benzocaine/menthol 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/menthol lozenges.
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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