By Medically reviewed by hellodoktor

Generic Name: Anacaine Brand Name(s): Generics only. No brands available.


What is Anacaine® (Benzocaine) used for?

Anacaine® is commonly used to reduce pain or discomfort caused by minor skin irritations, sore throat, sunburn, teething pain, vaginal or rectal irritation, ingrown toenails, hemorrhoids, and many other sources of minor pain on the surface of the body.


The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using this medication.

What is the dose of Anacaine® (Benzocaine) for an adult?

Bee stings, minor burns, sunburn, insect bites, boils:

Apply to affected area every 6-8 hours, remove stings prior to application if a bee sting.

What is the dose of Anacaine® (Benzocaine) for a child?

The dosage has not been established in pediatric patients under 2 years old. It may be unsafe for your child. It is always important to fully understand the safety of the drug before using. Please consult with your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

For children above 2 years old (bee stings, boils, minor burns, sunburn, insect bites), apply to affected area every 6-8 hours, remove sting prior to application if a bee sting.


How should I take Anacaine® (Benzocaine)?

Before use, clean and dry the affected area as directed. Apply a thin layer of medication to the affected area of skin as directed.

Clean your hands after use, excepting you are treating an area on the hands. Avoid getting the product in your eyes, nose, or mouth. If the medication gets in these areas, rinse right away with plenty of water.

What should I do in case of an emergency or overdose?

In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services or go to your nearest emergency room.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose of medication, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your regular dose as scheduled. Do not take a double dose.

Side effects

What side effects can occur from Anacaine® (Benzocaine)?

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.

Anacaine® may cause these side effects, such as:

  • Slow or shallow breathing;
  • Slow or irregular heartbeat;
  • Seizures;
  • Allergic reaction, including rash, new or worsening itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.


What should I know before using Anacaine® (Benzocaine)?

Consult with your doctor or pharmacist, if:

  • You are pregnant or breastfeeding. This is because, while you are expecting or feeding a baby, you should only take medicines on the recommendation of a doctor.
  • You are taking any other medicines. This includes any medicines you are taking which are available to buy without a prescription, such as herbal and complementary medicines.
  • You have allergy with Anacaine® or other medications.
  • You have any other illnesses, disorders, or medical conditions, such as diabetes, peripheral vascular problems, or skin irritation, anemia, asthma, bronchitis, emphysema, heart disease, infection at the place of application, large sore, broken skin, injury at the place of application.

Is it safe in specific conditions (e.g. pregnancy, breastfeeding, or surgery)?


Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist about all the products you use (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products).


There are no adequate studies in women for determining risk when using this medication during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. Please always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking this medication. This medication is pregnancy risk category C, according to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

FDA pregnancy risk category reference below:

  • A=No risk;
  • B=No risk in some studies;
  • C=There may be some risk;
  • D=Positive evidence of risk;
  • X=Contraindicated;
  • N=Unknown.


Excretion in milk unknown; use with caution.


What drugs may interact with Anacaine® (Benzocaine)?

Anacaine® may interact with other drugs that you are currently taking, which can change how your drug works or increase your risk for serious side effects. To avoid any potential drug interactions, you should keep a list of all the drugs you are using (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. For your safety, do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any drugs without your doctor’s approval.

Does food or alcohol interact with Anacaine® (Benzocaine)?

Anacaine® may interact with food or alcohol by altering the way the drug works or increase the risk for serious side effects. Please discuss with your doctor or pharmacist any potential food or alcohol interactions before using this drug.

How do I store Anacaine® (Benzocaine)?

Anacaine® is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store Anacaine® in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of Anacaine® that may have different storage needs. It is important to always check the product package for instructions on storage, or ask your pharmacist. For safety, you should keep all medicines away from children and pets.

You should not flush Anacaine® down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. It is important to properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist for more details about how to safely discard your product.

How is Anacaine® (Benzocaine) available?

Anacaine® is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:

  • Anacaine® 10 % topical ointment.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

Review Date: December 2, 2016 | Last Modified: September 12, 2019

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