GENERIC NAME: BENZOCAINE - OTIC (BEN-zoe-kane)
BRAND NAME(S): Americaine
Medication Uses | How To Use | Side Effects | Precautions | Drug Interactions | Overdose | Notes | Missed Dose | Storage
USES: This medication is used to relieve pain and itching from certain ear conditions (e.g., middle ear inflammation with congestion and/or fluid build-up, "swimmer's ear", outer ear inflammation). Benzocaine is a topical anesthetic that helps to numb the pain and itching.Do not use this medication in infants younger than 1 year.
HOW TO USE: To make sure that the right amount of medication is given, and to avoid touching the ear with the dropper, have another person insert the drops if possible. To lower the risk of dizziness, hold the container in your hand for a few minutes to warm it. To apply ear drops, wash your hands first. To avoid contamination, do not touch the dropper tip or let it touch your ear or any other surface. Lie on your side or tilt the affected ear upward. Hold the dropper directly over the ear, and place 4 to 5 drops into the ear canal or as directed. To help the drops roll into the ear of an adult, hold the earlobe up and back. In children, hold the earlobe down and back. Keep the head tilted for about 2 minutes, or insert a soft cotton plug if so directed. Repeat for the other ear if so directed. Do not rinse the dropper. Replace the cap after use. Repeat this procedure every 1 to 2 hours as needed or as directed by your doctor.Do not use in the eye.Inform your doctor if your condition persists after a few days of treatment or if it worsens.
SIDE EFFECTS: Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: burning/stinging/redness/new pain in or around the ears.Tell your doctor immediately if any of these rare but very serious side effects occur: bluish skin, severe tiredness/weakness.A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any of the following symptoms of a serious allergic reaction: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.In the US -Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.
PRECAUTIONS: Before using benzocaine, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to other ester-type anesthetics (e.g., procaine, tetracaine); or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.This medication should not be used if you have certain medical conditions. Before using this medicine, consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have: hole in the eardrum (perforated tympanic membrane), ear discharge.Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: ear injuries/surgery.During pregnancy, this medication should be used only when clearly needed. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.It is not known if this medication passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
DRUG INTERACTIONS: Your doctor or pharmacist may already be aware of any possible drug interactions and may be monitoring you for them. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with them first.Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all prescription and nonprescription/herbal products you may use, especially of: other ear medications.This document does not contain all possible interactions. Therefore, before using this product, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all the products you use. Keep a list of all your medications with you, and share the list with your doctor and pharmacist.
OVERDOSE: This medicine may be harmful if swallowed. If swallowing or overdose is suspected, contact a poison control center or emergency room immediately. US residents can call their local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222. Canada residents can call a provincial poison control center.
NOTES: Do not share this medication with others.This medication has been prescribed for your current condition only. Do not use it later for another ear problem unless told to do so by your doctor. A different medication may be necessary in that case.For certain ear problems, it is important to keep the affected ear(s) clean and dry. Try not to get the affected ear(s) wet when bathing. Avoid swimming unless your doctor tells you otherwise. Consult your doctor for more details.
STORAGE: Store at room temperature between 59-86 degrees F (15-30 degrees C) away from light and moisture. Keep bottle tightly closed. Keep all medicines away from children and pets.Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company for more details about how to safely discard your product.
Information last revised March 2013. Copyright(c) 2013 First Databank, Inc.
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