Benzocaine

(BEN zoe kane)

Brand Names: U.S.

  • Anacaine
  • Anbesol Cold Sore Therapy [OTC]
  • Anbesol JR [OTC]
  • Anbesol Maximum Strength [OTC]
  • Anbesol [OTC]
  • Baby Anbesol [OTC]
  • Benz-O-Sthetic [OTC]
  • Benzocaine Oral Anesthetic [OTC]
  • Bi-Zets/Benzotroches [OTC]
  • Cepacol Dual Relief [OTC]
  • Cepacol Sensations Hydra [OTC]
  • Cepacol Sensations Warming [OTC]
  • Cepacol Sore Throat + Coating [OTC]
  • Cepacol Sore Throat Max Numb [OTC]
  • Cepacol Sore Throat [OTC]
  • Chiggerex [OTC]
  • Chiggertox [OTC]
  • Dent-O-Kain/20 [OTC]
  • Dentapaine [OTC]
  • Dermoplast [OTC]
  • Foille [OTC]
  • HurriCaine One [OTC]
  • Hurricaine [OTC]
  • Ivy-Rid [OTC]
  • Kank-A Mouth Pain [OTC]
  • Ora-film [OTC]
  • Oral Pain Relief Max St [OTC]
  • Pinnacaine Otic
  • Sep-A-Soothe [OTC]
  • Sore Throat Relief [OTC]
  • Topex Topical Anesthetic
  • Trocaine Throat [OTC]
  • Zilactin Baby [OTC]

Brand Names: Canada

  • Anbesol® Baby
  • Zilactin Baby®
  • Zilactin-B®

Is it safe for my child to take this drug?

  • Not if your child has an allergy to benzocaine or any other part of this drug.
  • Be sure to let the doctor know if your child has any allergies or side effects to drugs, foods, or dyes. Make sure to tell about the allergy and what signs your child had. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
  • Not if your child has a skin infection.

Why does my child need this drug?

  • It is used to treat signs of hemorrhoids or rectal irritation.
  • It is used to ease the pain caused by sunburn and skin irritation.
  • It is used to ease pain from a toothache, sore throat, or canker sore.
  • It is used to numb an area of the skin before care.

How is this drug given?

  • Oral:
  • Do not swallow this drug unless told to do so by your doctor.
  • Skin:
  • Do not give by mouth. Use on your child's skin only. Keep out of your child's mouth, nose, and eyes (may burn).
  • Wash your hands before and after use.
  • Clean affected part before use. Make sure to dry well.
  • Put a thin layer on the affected part and rub in gently.
  • If you are using the spray for your child's face, spray it on your hand or gauze and then put it on your child's face.

How long does this drug take to work?

  • Your child may start feeling better soon after starting this drug.

What do I do if my child misses a dose?

  • Give a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
  • If it is close to the time for your child's next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your child's normal time.
  • Do not give 2 doses or extra doses.
  • Do not change the dose or stop your child's drug. Talk with your child's doctor.

What safety measures do I need to take when my child is using this drug?

  • Keep a list of all your child's drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your child's doctor.
  • Use care when a large part of the skin is involved or where there are open wounds.
  • Do not let your child eat while his/her mouth feels numb. Biting of the tongue could happen.
  • Check all drugs your child is taking with your child's doctor. This drug may not mix well with some other drugs.
  • Do not use coverings (bandages, dressings) unless told to do so by your doctor.
  • Oral spray:
  • If your child has heart disease, talk with the doctor.
  • If your child has lung disease, talk with the doctor.

What are some side effects of this drug?

  • Skin irritation.

When do I need to call my child's doctor?

  • If any of this news causes you to be worried, any of the unwanted side effects happen, or if your child is not better after taking this drug.
  • 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.
  • If your child shows signs of a very bad reaction, call your child's doctor or the ER right away. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; seizures; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or if your child is not acting normal.
  • If your child has trouble breathing.
  • If your child has a fast heartbeat.
  • If your child has a change in balance.
  • If your child has weakness, numbness, or tingling.
  • If your child has a change in thinking clearly and with logic.
  • If your child has very bad skin irritation.
  • If your child gets a rash.
  • If your child’s health problem does not get better or if you believe your child’s health problem is worse.
  • Oral spray:
  • Blue or gray skin color, headache, dizziness, trouble breathing, feeling tired or weak, and/or a fast heartbeat.

How do I store and/or throw out this drug?

  • Store at room temperature.
  • Protect from heat.

General drug facts

  • If your child has a very bad allergy, he/she needs to wear an allergy ID at all times.
  • Your child may only get some products of this drug by drug order. If there are refills, call your pharmacy. If no refills are left, you may need to call your child's doctor.
  • Get rid of this drug when your child no longer needs it or if the drug is outdated.
  • Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. If you have any questions about this drug, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • In Canada, take any unused drugs to the pharmacy. Also, visit http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/iyh-vsv/med/disposal-defaire-eng.php#th to learn about the right way to get rid of unused drugs.http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/iyh-vsv/med/disposal-defaire-eng.php#th to learn about the right way to get rid of unused drugs.
  • Do not share your child's drug with others and do not give anyone else's drug to your child.
  • Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Keep a list of all your child's drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your child's doctor.
  • 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.
  • Talk with the doctor before giving your child any new drug, including OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
  • If you do not use a drug the right way, it may not be safe. Follow what your child’s doctor tells you.