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Lidocaine Hydrochloride, Chlorocresol
and Cetylpyridinium Chloride
Read all of this leaflet carefully before using this medicine as it
contains important information for you.
• Keep this leaflet. You may wish to read it again.
• Ask your pharmacist if you need more information or advice.
• If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
This includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet.
What is in this leaflet:
1. What Anbesol Adult Strength Gel is and what it is used for
2. What you need to know before you use Anbesol Adult
Strength Gel
3. How to use Anbesol Adult Strength Gel
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Anbesol Adult Strength Gel
6. Contents of pack and other information
1. What Anbesol Adult Strength Gel is and what it is used for
Anbesol Adult Strength Gel contains 2.0%w/w of
lidocaine hydrochloride, 0.1%w/w of chlorocresol and
0.02%w/w of cetylpyridinium chloride.
Lidocaine hydrochloride is a local anaesthetic which
works by stopping the sensation of pain. Chlorocresol and
cetylpyridinium chloride kill bacteria.
Anbesol Adult Strength Gel is used for temporary relief of
pain caused by recurrent mouth ulcers and denture
irritation for adults and children over 12 years.
2. What you need to know before you use Anbesol
Adult Strength Gel
Do not use Anbesol Adult Strength Gel:
• If you are allergic to lidocaine hydrochloride, chlorocresol,
cetylpyridinium chloride, other anaesthetics similar to
lidocaine or any of the other ingredients in this medicine
(listed in Section 6).

• You have porphyria (a disease which causes stomach
pain, constipation, changes in the colour of urine, skin
rashes and disturbed behaviour).
Warnings and precautions
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before using Anbesol
Adult Strength Gel:
• If you have open wounds or damaged areas in the
lining of your mouth as this may result in too much of
the active ingredients being absorbed.
• If symptoms continue for more than 7 days or recur
frequently, speak to your pharmacist, doctor or dentist.
Do not use more Anbesol Adult Strength Gel than
recommended (as listed in Section 3) as this may result in
the active ingredients being absorbed into the body
causing serious side effects, such as convulsions (fits).
Do not give this medicine to children under the age of 12 years.
Other medicines and Anbesol Adult Strength Gel
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking, have
recently taken or might take any of the following medicines
as they may interfere with Anbesol Adult Strength Gel:
• Other anaesthetics or medicines similar to lidocaine for
example antiarrhythmic drugs such as mexiletine which
are used to control abnormal heartbeats
• Erythromycin a type of antibiotic used to treat bacterial
• Itraconazole a type of antifungal medicine used to treat
fungal infections
• Antiarrhythmic drugs such as amiodarone which are
used to control abnormal heartbeats
• Cimetidine used to treat stomach ulcers or heartburn
• Beta-blockers used to treat heart conditions, high blood
pressure or migraine
• Calcium chloride used for the treatment of
hypocalcaemia or as a food additive
• Codeine phosphate used to treat pain, diarrhoea or
relieve coughs
• Diamorphine hydrochloride a painkiller used to treat
severe pain
• Paveretum used to treat moderate to severe pain and
to calm you before an operation
• Quinine hydrochloride used to treat malaria or leg cramps
• Methylcellulose used to treat constipation

• Non-ionic surfactants such as Cetomacrogol 1000 and
polysorbate 80 which are used in medicines, foods and
Pregnancy, fertility and breast-feeding
If you are pregnant, breast-feeding, think you may be
pregnant or are planning to have a baby, ask your doctor
or pharmacist for advice before using this medicine.
If you are breast-feeding small amounts of the active
ingredient lidocaine will pass into your breast milk but in
such small quantities that it should not harm your baby if
this medicine is used as directed.
Driving and using machines
Anbesol Adult Strength Gel is unlikely to affect your ability
to drive or use machines.
Important information about some of the ingredients
This medicinal product contains chlorocresol and the azo
dye Ponceau 4R (E124) which may cause allergic
reactions in sensitive individuals.
This medicinal product contains 66.605% ethanol
(alcohol), i.e. up to 0.760 mg per ml, equivalent to 15.2 ml
beer, 6.3 ml wine per dose which may be harmful for those
suffering from alcoholism. To be taken into account in
pregnant or breast-feeding women, children and high risk
groups such as patients with liver disease, or epilepsy.
3. How to use Anbesol Adult Strength Gel
Adults, the elderly and children 12 years and over:
• Apply a small amount of Anbesol Adult Strength Gel to
affected area with a clean fingertip.
• One application should be sufficient to obtain temporary
pain relief.
• Do not apply more frequently than every 3 hours.
If you use more Anbesol Adult Strength Gel than you
should: If anyone used more Anbesol Adult Strength Gel
than they should, or if large quantities of the gel are
accidentally swallowed, contact your doctor or your
nearest Accident and Emergency department, taking this
leaflet and pack with you.
4. Possible side effects
Like all medicines, this medicine may cause side effects,
although not everybody gets them.
• Allergic reactions (eg difficulty breathing, rash or itch).
• Some people have reported suffering from ulcers.

• Dermatitis (inflammation of the skin that can cause red,
itchy and scaly skin).
Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or
pharmacist. This includes any possible side effects not
listed in this leaflet. You can also report side effects
directly via the Yellow Card Scheme at: By reporting side effects
you can help provide more information on the safety of
this medicine.
5. How to store Anbesol Adult Strength Gel
• Keep out of the sight and reach of children.
• Do not store above 25°C.
• Do not use after the expiry date which is stated on the
carton and tube after EXP. The expiry date refers to the
last day of that month.
• Do not throw away any medicines via wastewater or
household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to throw
away medicines you no longer use. These measures
will help protect the environment.
6. Contents of the pack and other information
What Anbesol Adult Strength Gel contains
Anbesol Adult Strength Gel contains the active ingredients;
lidocaine hydrochloride 2.0%w/w, Chlorocresol 0.1%w/w
and cetylpyridinium chloride 0.02%w/w.
It also contains alcohol, clove oil, glycerol, hydroxypropyl
cellulose, sodium saccharin, Ponceau 4R (E124) and
purified water.
What Anbesol Adult Strength Gel looks like and
contents of the pack
Anbesol Adult Strength Gel is a soft pink clear gel for
oromucosal use supplied in a tube containing 10g.
Marketing Authorisation Holder:
Alliance Pharmaceuticals Limited, Avonbridge House,
Bath Road, Chippenham, Wiltshire, SN15 2BB, UK.
Manufactured by: Wrafton Laboratories Limited, Wrafton,
Braunton, EX33 2DL, UK.
This leaflet was last revised in March 2015
Anbesol is a registered trademark in the UK of Alliance
Pharmaceuticals Limited.
Alliance and associated devices are registered
trademarks of Alliance Pharmaceuticals Limited.

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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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