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On rare occasions, methemoglobinemia has been reported in connection with the use of benzocaine-containing products. Care should be used not to exceed a two second spray. If a patient becomes cyanotic, treat appropriately to counteract (such as with methylene blue, if medically indicated).
USE IN PREGNANCY
Safe use of Cetacaine (benzocaine, aminobenzoate and tetracaine) has not been established with respect to possible adverse effects upon fetal development. Therefore, Cetacaine (benzocaine, aminobenzoate and tetracaine) should not be used during early pregnancy, unless in the judgement of a physician, the potential benefits outweigh the unknown hazards. Routine precaution for the use of any topical anesthetic should be observed when Cetacaine (benzocaine, aminobenzoate and tetracaine) is used.
Appropriate pediatric dosage has not been established for this product.
Last reviewed on RxList: 12/8/2004
This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.
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