Benzocaine is a local anesthetic commonly utilized for short-term pain relief associated with minor oral conditions, including toothaches, canker sores, sore gums or throat, and mouth or gum injuries. Its mechanism of action involves numbing the affected area to alleviate discomfort.
Uses and Dosage
Adhere to the recommended dosage of this medication, not exceeding 4 times a day, unless otherwise directed by your physician.
Allow the medication to remain on the affected area for at least 1 minute before spitting it out or rinsing your mouth.
Using excessive amounts of this drug or exceeding the recommended frequency of use may increase the risk of serious side effects, including methemoglobinemia, a rare but potentially fatal condition.
Be cautious to avoid contact of this medication with your eyes.
If your sore throat persists for more than 2 days, or if your mouth symptoms persist for more than 7 days, or if you experience severe symptoms such as fever, headache, rash, swelling, nausea, or vomiting, discontinue use of this medication and consult your doctor. These could be signs of a serious medical condition that may require alternative treatment.
If your condition worsens or you suspect a serious medical problem, seek immediate medical attention.
Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention:
- mild stinging, burning, or itching where the medicine is applied
- skin tenderness or redness
- dry white flakes where the medicine was applied
Inform your healthcare provider immediately if you experience any serious side effects:
- fast heartbeat
- feeling light-headed or short of breath
- pale, blue, or gray appearance of your skin, lips, or fingernails
- severe burning, stinging, or sensitivity where the medicine is applied
Prior to utilizing benzocaine, inform your healthcare provider or pharmacist about any known allergies to benzocaine or other “caine” anesthetics, such as procaine, or any other known allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients that could potentially trigger allergic reactions or other adverse effects.
If you have a history of certain health conditions, including heart disease, specific blood disorders (such as G6PD deficiency, pyruvate kinase deficiency, hemoglobin-M disease, or NADH-methemoglobin reductase deficiency), or respiratory issues, consult your healthcare provider or pharmacist prior to using this product.
For pregnant individuals, this product should only be used if the benefits outweigh the risks, and only as prescribed by a healthcare provider.
It is unknown whether this product passes into breast milk, consult your healthcare provider before breastfeeding while using this product.
Form and Strength
Orajel is available in the following forms and strengths:
Do you put Orajel on your tooth or gum?
It should be applied directly to the sensitive spot on your gum.
Can you use too much Orajel?
An overdose of numbing medication can cause fatal side effects if too much of the medicine is absorbed through your skin and into your blood.