What is phenol?


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

Know the basics

What is phenol used for?

Treating sore throat pain, sore mouth, pain associated with canker sores, and minor mouth irritation. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Phenol spray is an oral anesthetic and analgesic combination. It works by numbing the painful or irritated areas.

How should I take phenol?

Use phenol spray as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

Apply to affected area. Allow to remain in place for at least 15 seconds and then spit out.

If you miss a dose of phenol spray and you are using it regularly, use it when you remember. If it is nearing time for the next dose, do not double the dose to catch up, unless advised by your health care provider. Do not take 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use phenol spray.

How do I store phenol?

Phenol is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store phenol in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of phenol 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 phenol 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.

Know the precautions & warnings

What should I know before using phenol?

In deciding to use a medicine, the risks of taking the medicine must be weighed against the good it will do. This is a decision you and your doctor will make. For this medicine, the following should be considered:


Tell your doctor if you have ever had any unusual or allergic reaction to this medicine or any other medicines. Also tell your health care professional if you have any other types of allergies, such as to foods, dyes, preservatives, or animals. For non-prescription products, read the label or package ingredients carefully.


No information is available on the relationship of age to the effects of phenol in the pediatric population. Safety and efficacy have not been established in children below 3 years of age.


No information is available on the relationship of age to the effects of phenol in geriatric patients.

Is it safe to take phenol during pregnancy or breast-feeding?

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.

Know the side effects

What are the side effects of phenol?

Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur:

Incidence not known

  • Difficulty with breathing
  • fever
  • headache
  • nausea
  • rash
  • swelling
  • vomiting
  • worsening of pain, redness, swelling, or irritation in or around the mouth

Not everyone experiences these side effects. There may be some side effects not listed above. If you have any concerns about a side-effect, please consult your doctor or pharmacist.

Know the interactions

What drugs may interact with phenol?

Phenol 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 phenol?

Phenol 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.

What health conditions may interact with phenol?

Phenol may interact with your health condition. This interaction may worsen your health condition or alter the way the drug works. It is important to always let your doctor and pharmacist know all the health conditions you currently have, especially:

  • Infection in or around your mouth or
  • Large sores in or around your mouth— the chance of side effects may be increased.

Understand the dosage

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 phenol for an adult?

Spray (1.4%): Spray directly in throat; rinse for 15 sec then expectorate. May repeat every 2 hr. Gargle (1.4%): Gargle or swish for 15 sec then expectorate. May repeat every 2 hr.

What is the dose of phenol for a child?

Spray: 2-12 yr: 3 sprays of 1.4% solution or 5 sprays of 0.5% solution onto throat or affected area; may repeat every 2 hr. ≥12 yr: 5 sprays of 1.4% solution directly onto throat; rinse for 15 sec then expectorate. May repeat every 2 hr. Gargle: 6-12 yr: Using gauze pad, apply 10 ml of 1.4% solution to affected area, or gargle or swish for 15 sec, then expectorate. ≥12 yr: Gargle or swish 1.4% solution for 15 sec then expectorate. May repeat every 2 hr.

How is phenol available?

Phenol is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:

  • Spray
  • Lozenge/Troche

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 phenol, 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.

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

Review Date: May 30, 2016 | Last Modified: January 4, 2017

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