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Cetacaine Topical Anesthetic Gel Dosage

Generic name: Benzocaine 0.028g in 0.2g, Butamben 0.004g in 0.2g, Tetracaine Hydrochloride 0.004g in 0.2g
Dosage form: gel
Drug class: Mouth and throat products

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jan 17, 2022.

Only a limited quantity of Cetacaine Topical Anesthetic Gel is required for anesthesia.

Dispense 200 mg of gel (a bead approximately 1/4 to 1/2 inches long) by gently depressing the pump. Dispensing a bead of gel in excess of 400 mg is contraindicated. Spread thinly and evenly over the desired area using a cotton swab.

In the unlikely event that a Cetacaine Gel pump jar won't dispense, attempt the following:

  1. Using a gloved hand, depress the pump fully using the thumb and middle finger.
  2. While depressed, cover the center orifice with the index finger.
  3. With the orifice still covered, slowly allow the pump to return to its original starting position.
  4. Repeat until Cetacaine Gel is dispensed (usually about 3-4 repeated attempts).

An appropriate pediatric dosage has not been established for Cetacaine Topical Anesthetic Gel.

Dosages should be reduced in the debilitated elderly, acutely ill, and very young patients.

Do not use Cetacaine Gel to treat infants or children younger than 2 years.

Tissue need not be dried prior to application of Cetacaine Topical Anesthetic Gel.

Cetacaine Topical Anesthetic Gel should be applied directly to the site where pain control is required. Anesthesia is produced in approximately 30 seconds with an approximate duration of thirty to sixty minutes. Each 200 mg dose of Cetacaine Topical Anesthetic Gel contains 28 mg of benzocaine, 4 mg of butamben and 4 mg of tetracaine HCl.

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