Cepacol (Sore Throat Lozenges)

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What is Cepacol® sore throat (benzocaine/menthol) used for?

Cepacol® sore throat is used for treating occasional minor irritation, pain, sore mouth, or sore throat. It may also be used to relieve pain from canker sores.

How should I take Cepacol® sore throat (benzocaine/menthol)?

Use Cepacol® sore throat as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

Dissolve 1 lozenge slowly in your mouth as directed by your doctor or the package label.

Do not chew Cepacol® sore throat or crush. Swallow it whole.

Ask your doctor or check the package labeling to see how often you may use Cepacol® sore throat.

How do I store Cepacol® sore throat (benzocaine/menthol)?

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

Precautions & warnings

What should I know before using Cepacol® sore throat (benzocaine/menthol)?

Before using this drug, tell your doctor 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 any of active or inactive ingredients of Cepacol® sore throat or other medications.
  • You have any other illnesses, disorders, or medical conditions.

Is it safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?

There are no adequate studies in women for determining risk when using Cepacol® sore throat during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. Please always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking Cepacol® sore throat. Cepacol® sore throat is pregnancy risk category N, 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

Side effects

What side effects can occur from Cepacol® sore throat (benzocaine/menthol)?

Some side effects may occur when using this drug, including:

  • Rash
  • Hives
  • Itching
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Tightness in the chest
  • Swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue

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.


What drugs may interact with Cepacol® sore throat (benzocaine/menthol)?

Cepacol® sore throat 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.

Products may interact with this drug, such as:

  • Acetaminophen
  • Benadryl (diphenhydramine)
  • Bisacodyl
  • Docusate
  • Furosemide
  • Gabapentin
  • Guaifenesin
  • Ibuprofen
  • Loperamide
  • Melatonin
  • MiraLax (polyethylene glycol 3350)
  • Mucinex DM (dextromethorphan / guaifenesin)
  • Naproxen
  • Omeprazole
  • Phenylephrine
  • Prednisone
  • Tramadol
  • Tylenol (acetaminophen)
  • Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol)

Does food or alcohol interact with Cepacol® sore throat (benzocaine/menthol)?

Cepacol® sore throat 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 Cepacol® sore throat (benzocaine/menthol)?

Cepacol® sore throat 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.


The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using Cepacol® sore throat (benzocaine/menthol).

What is the dose of Cepacol® sore throat (benzocaine/menthol) for an adult?

1 lozenge as directed by your doctor or the package label.

What is the dose of Cepacol® sore throat (benzocaine/menthol) for a child?

The dosage has not been established in pediatric patients. 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.

How is Cepacol® sore throat (benzocaine/menthol) available?

Cepacol® sore throat is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:

  • Lozenge

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 Cepacol® sore throat, 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.

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Review Date: May 19, 2017 | Last Modified: December 19, 2019

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