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Updated 11 February 2013

Benzocaine + cetalkonium

Benzocaine is a local anaesthetic commonly used for local pain relief. It is of particular use in teething preparations.

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Benzocaine + cetalkonium chloride is the active ingredient of Banjul.

General Information

Benzocaine is a local anaesthetic commonly used for local pain relief. It is of particular use in teething preparations. The effect of benzocaine remains localised for an extended period of time which accounts for its sustained anaesthetic action.

Cetalkonium chloride is an anti-infective for localised oral treatment. It is effective against gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria, fungal infections and is also effective against some viruses.

Fast facts

Drug schedule : schedule 0

Available as: benzocaine + cetalkonium chloride is available as oral gel

W hat does it do ? The combination is used for local pain relief; it is of particular use during teething.

Overdose risk : low

Dependence risk : low

Is benzocaine + cetalkonium chloride available as a generic? no

Is benzocaine + cetalkonium chloride available on prescription only ? Yes

User information

Onset of effect: fast - within 60 minutes

Duration of action: up to 4 hours

Stopping this medicine: This medication can be safely stopped when no longer needed

Prolonged use: generally not used for long periods of use

Special precautions

Consult your doctor before using this drug if:

  • you are allergic to any of the ingredients of this product

Pregnancy: avoid. It is unknown how this medication may affect your baby. Consult your doctor before using this drug, or if you are planning to fall pregnant.

Breastfeeding: avoid. It is unknown how this medication may affect your baby. Consult your doctor before use.

Porphyria: Avoid. It is unknown how this medication may affect your condition. Consult your doctor before use.

Infants and children: This medication is safe for use in children at the recommended dose.

The elderly: no special precautions need to be taken.

Driving and hazardous work: no special precautions need to be taken.

Alcohol: no special precautions need to be taken.

Possible side effects

Side effect

Frequency

Consult your doctor

Common

Rare

Only if severe

In all cases

tissue numbness

x

x

local stinging/burning

x

x

altered sense of taste

x

x

alterations in smell

x

x

Interactions

Drug interactions

These medications are poorly absorbed and any interactions are minimal at the recommended doses.

Disease interactions

Consult your doctor before using this drug if you are allergic to any of the ingredients of this product.

Overdose action

A small overdose is no cause for concern. In case of intentional large overdose seek emergency medical attention.

Recommended dosage

A pea-size portion of the gel can be applied to the gums every 3 hours

This material is not intended to substitute medical advice, but is for informational purposes only. Please consult a physician for specific treatment and recommendations.

 

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