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Benzocaine Oral Cream, Gel, Liquid, and Ointment

Generic Name: Benzocaine Oral Cream, Gel, Liquid, and Ointment (BEN zoe kane)
Brand Name: Benz-O-Sthetic

Medically reviewed on July 4, 2018

Uses of Benzocaine Oral Cream, Gel, Liquid, and Ointment:

  • It is used to treat mouth sores.
  • It is used to treat canker sores.
  • It is used to treat mouth irritation.
  • It is used to ease mouth and throat pain.

What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Benzocaine Oral Cream, Gel, Liquid, and Ointment?

  • If you have an allergy to benzocaine or any other part of benzocaine oral cream, gel, liquid, and ointment.
  • If you are allergic to any drugs like this one, any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
  • If the patient is a child younger than 2 years of age. Do not give benzocaine oral cream, gel, liquid, and ointment to a child younger than 2 years of age. Do not use benzocaine oral cream, gel, liquid, and ointment for teething.

This medicine may interact with other drugs or health problems.

Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take benzocaine oral cream, gel, liquid, and ointment with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.

What are some things I need to know or do while I take Benzocaine Oral Cream, Gel, Liquid, and Ointment?

  • Tell all of your health care providers that you take benzocaine oral cream, gel, liquid, and ointment. This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
  • Different brands of benzocaine oral cream, gel, liquid, and ointment may be for use in different ages of children. Talk with the doctor before giving benzocaine oral cream, gel, liquid, and ointment to a child.
  • Do not eat while your mouth feels numb. You may bite your tongue.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using benzocaine oral cream, gel, liquid, and ointment while you are pregnant.
  • Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about any risks to your baby.

How is this medicine (Benzocaine Oral Cream, Gel, Liquid, and Ointment) best taken?

Use benzocaine oral cream, gel, liquid, and ointment as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.

  • Follow how to use as you have been told by the doctor or read the package insert.
  • Do not eat or drink for at least 1 hour after using.
  • Wash hands before and after use.
  • Put a thin layer on the affected part.
  • Keep out of your eyes.

What do I do if I miss a dose?

  • If you use benzocaine oral cream, gel, liquid, and ointment on a regular basis, use a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
  • If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
  • Do not use 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.
  • Many times benzocaine oral cream, gel, liquid, and ointment is used on an as needed basis. Do not use more often than told by the doctor.

See also: Dosage Information (in more detail)

What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?

WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:

  • Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
  • Signs of methemoglobinemia like a blue or gray color of the lips, nails, or skin; a heartbeat that does not feel normal; seizures; very bad dizziness or passing out; very bad headache; feeling very sleepy; feeling tired or weak; or shortness of breath. This effect is rare but may be deadly if it happens.
  • Very bad irritation where benzocaine oral cream, gel, liquid, and ointment is used.
  • Very bad mouth pain.
  • When treating a very sore throat, if signs last more than 2 days, or happen with fever, headache, rash, upset stomach, or throwing up.

What are some other side effects of Benzocaine Oral Cream, Gel, Liquid, and Ointment?

All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:

  • Irritation where benzocaine oral cream, gel, liquid, and ointment is used.
  • Mouth tingling.

These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.

You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

See also: Side effects (in more detail)

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

How do I store and/or throw out Benzocaine Oral Cream, Gel, Liquid, and Ointment?

  • Store at room temperature. Do not freeze.
  • Protect from heat.
  • Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Throw away unused or expired drugs. Do not flush down a toilet or pour down a drain unless you are told to do so. Check with your pharmacist if you have questions about the best way to throw out drugs. There may be drug take-back programs in your area.

Consumer information use

  • If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
  • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
  • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
  • Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
  • Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. Check with your pharmacist. If you have any questions about benzocaine oral cream, gel, liquid, and ointment, please talk with your doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

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