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Updated 11 February 2013

Benzydamine

Benzydamine is a locally acting non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agent with analgesic, anaesthetic and anti-inflammatory properties.

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Benzydamine is the active ingredient of Andolex.

Benzydamine is also one of multiple active ingredients found in Andolex C.

General information

Benzydamine is a locally acting non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agent with analgesic, anaesthetic and anti-inflammatory properties used to provide symptomatic relief of painful conditions of the mouth and throat. It is also useful in treating discomfort caused by ulcerative conditions.

Benzydamine has little systemic effect; overuse when high doses are used for prolonged periods of time may, however, result in systemic effects. Excessive consumption may have a laxative effect.

Benzydamine is often combined with other local agents to broaden its spectrum of efficacy.

Fast facts

Drug schedule: Schedule 1

Available as: lozenges, and as oral rinse

What does it do? Provides symptomatic relief of painful conditions of the mouth and throat.

Overdose risk: Low

Dependence risk: Low

Available as a generic? No

Available on prescription only? No

User information

Onset of effect: Within one hour

Duration of action: Up to 6 hours

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

Prolonged use: The likelihood of adverse effects increases with prolonged use; treatment should not exceed 7 days.

Special precautions

Consult your doctor before using this drug if you are allergic to it.

Pregnancy: Avoid. It is unknown how it 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.

Elderly: No special precautions need to be taken.

Driving and hazardous work: Caution is advised as use may lead to dizziness, light-headedness and/or sedation. Avoid such activities until you know how it affects you.

Alcohol: No special precautions need be taken.

Possible side effects

Side effect

Frequency

Consult your doctor

Common

Rare

Only if severe

In all cases

Tissue numbness

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x

Local stinging/burning

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x

Light-headedness

x

x

Nausea and vomiting

x

x

Altered sense of taste

x

x

Thirst

x

x

Laxative effect

x

x

Interactions

Drug interactions

Benzydamine is poorly absorbed and any interactions are unlikely at therapeutic doses.

Disease interactions

Consult your doctor before using this drug if you are allergic to benzydamine

Overdose action

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

Recommended dosage

Adults and children older than 6 years:

Lozenges: Maximum 12 lozenges/24 hours

Oral rinse: 15 ml 3 hourly

Interesting fact

Oral doses of benzydamine between 750 and 3000 mg are a deliria stimulant of the central nervous system. In Brazil, it is used for recreational purposes. A benzydamine trip may include feelings of well-being, euphoria and hallucinations.

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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