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Americaine Patient Information including If I Miss a Dose
In this Article
- What is benzocaine topical (Americaine)?
- What are the possible side effects of benzocaine topical?
- What is the most important information I should know about benzocaine topical?
- What should I discuss with my health care provider before using benzocaine topical?
- How should I use benzocaine topical?
- What happens if I miss a dose?
- What happens if I overdose?
- What should I avoid while taking benzocaine topical?
- What other drugs will affect benzocaine topical?
- Where can I get more information?
What happens if I miss a dose?
Since benzocaine topical is used as needed, you may not be on a dosing schedule. If you are using the medication regularly, use the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
What happens if I overdose?
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.
An overdose of benzocaine topical applied to the skin can cause life-threatening side effects such as uneven heartbeats, seizure (convulsions), coma, slowed breathing, or respiratory failure (breathing stops).
What should I avoid while taking benzocaine topical?
Avoid eating within 1 hour after using benzocaine topical on your gums or inside your mouth.
Benzocaine topical is for use only on the surface of your body, or just inside the mouth, vagina, or rectum. Avoid getting this medication in your eyes. Avoid swallowing the gel, liquid, or ointment while applying it to your gums or the inside of your mouth. The throat spray or oral lozenge may be swallowed gradually during use.
Do not apply other medications to the same affected areas you treat with benzocaine topical, unless your doctor has told you otherwise.
What other drugs will affect benzocaine topical?
It is not likely that other drugs you take orally or inject will have an effect on topically applied benzocaine topical. But many drugs can interact with each other. Tell your doctor about all medications you use. This includes prescription, over-the-counter, vitamin, and herbal products. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.
Where can I get more information?
Your pharmacist can provide more information about benzocaine topical.
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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