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What happens if you get benzocaine oral ointment in eyes?

What happens if you get benzocaine oral ointment in eyes?

Little: A small amount of Benzocaine ointment will probably not hurt your eye, but try not to get things in the eye that do not belong. Some compounds, like household cleaning products, can cause permanent damage to the eye surface (scarring), and associated permanent vision loss. ...Read more

Dr. Itzhak Kronzon
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Benzocaine (Definition)

Benzocaine is an ear drop which is a kind of ...Read more


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What is benzocaine used for?

What is benzocaine used for?

Local anesthetic: also called Anbesol, Hurricaine or Orajel. It is a local anesthetic that is used to relieve pain. ...Read more

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How does benzocaine function?

How does benzocaine function?

Benzocaine : Benzocaine is a commonly used local anesthetic. It is an ester anesthetic that blocks both the initiation and conduction of nerve impulses by decreasing the neuronal membrane's permeability to sodium ions, which results in inhibition of depolarization with resultant blockade of conduction. It basically prevents conduction of the nerve. ...Read more

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How well does benzocaine work?

Pretty well: Benzocaine is a great topical anesthetic when used carefully and properly. Do not exceed recommended dosages as it may cause a serious condition called methemoglobinemia. ...Read more

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Can someone get addicted to benzocaine?

No: A person may continue to use Benzocaine not because (s)he is addicted to it but because (s)he wants continued relief from pain. The drug itself is not addictive. ...Read more

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How long does it take for benzocaine to take effect?

Less than 3 minutes: On a mucus membrane, slightly longer on skin. Be careful of over application as large doses can lead to met hemoglobinemia which looks like your lips and skin turn blue. In high concentrations can be very dangerous. ...Read more

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Is it possible to become odd or addicted to benzocaine?

Is it possible to become odd or addicted to benzocaine?

Not likely: Benzocaine is an anesthetic. So is cocaine. I don't think Benzocaine creates euphoria, do it is not likely to be addicting. But then again, i never thought that over the counter cough syrup could be addicting either, but people get addicted to dextromethorphan in otc cough syrup. Go figure. ...Read more