Generic name: phenol (FEE-nol)
Drug class: Topical anesthetics
Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Jul 10, 2023.
Uses for phenol
Phenol is used to relieve pain and irritation caused by sore throat, sore mouth, or canker sores.
This medicine is available as an over-the-counter (OTC) product.
Before using phenol
In deciding to use a medicine, the risks of taking the medicine must be weighed against the good it will do. This is a decision you and your doctor will make. For this medicine, the following should be considered:
Tell your doctor if you have ever had any unusual or allergic reaction to this medicine or any other medicines. Also tell your health care professional if you have any other types of allergies, such as to foods, dyes, preservatives, or animals. For non-prescription products, read the label or package ingredients carefully.
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No information is available on the relationship of age to the effects of phenol in geriatric patients.
Interactions with Medicines
Although certain medicines should not be used together at all, in other cases two different medicines may be used together even if an interaction might occur. In these cases, your doctor may want to change the dose, or other precautions may be necessary. Tell your healthcare professional if you are taking any other prescription or nonprescription (over-the-counter [OTC]) medicine.
Interactions with Food/Tobacco/Alcohol
Certain medicines should not be used at or around the time of eating food or eating certain types of food since interactions may occur. Using alcohol or tobacco with certain medicines may also cause interactions to occur. Discuss with your healthcare professional the use of your medicine with food, alcohol, or tobacco.
Proper use of phenol
Use this medicine exactly as directed by your doctor. Do not use more of this medicine, do not use it more often, and do not use it for a longer time than directed. To do so may increase the chance of absorption into the body and the risk of side effects.
This medicine should be used only for problems being treated by your doctor or conditions listed in the package directions. Check with your doctor before using it for other problems, especially if you think an infection may be present.
To use the oral rinse or spray:
- Gargle or spray to the affected area.
- Let the medicine remain in place for at least 15 seconds, then spit it out.
Do not use this medicine for more than 2 days without checking first with your doctor.
The dose of this medicine will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor's orders or the directions on the label. The following information includes only the average doses of this medicine. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.
The amount of medicine that you take depends on the strength of the medicine. Also, the number of doses you take each day, the time allowed between doses, and the length of time you take the medicine depend on the medical problem for which you are using the medicine.
- For sore throat and mouth pain:
- For oromucosal dosage form (spray):
- Adults and children 3 years of age and older—One spray to the affected area every 2 hours or as directed by a doctor or dentist. Children younger than 12 years of age should be supervised while using this medicine.
- Children younger than 3 years of age—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.
- For oromucosal dosage form (suspension or oral rinse):
- Adults and children 12 years of age and older—Rinse the affected area every 2 hours or as needed. Do not use more than 12 times per day.
- Children 4 months to 12 years of age—Apply to the affected area with a swab 6 times a day or as directed by a doctor or dentist.
- Children younger than 4 months of age—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.
- For oromucosal dosage form (spray):
Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Keep from freezing.
Keep out of the reach of children.
Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.
Ask your healthcare professional how you should dispose of any medicine you do not use.
Precautions while using phenol
If your condition does not improve within 7 days, or if it becomes worse, check with your doctor.
Call your doctor right away if you start to have a severe sore throat or sore throat that occurs with a high fever, headache, nausea, or vomiting. These maybe signs of an infection.
Side Effects of phenol
Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.
Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur:
Incidence not known
- Difficulty with breathing
- worsening of pain, redness, swelling, or irritation in or around the mouth
Other side effects not listed may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your healthcare professional.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
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