What is benzocaine topical?

Category: Over the Counter Drugs

Most popular types: Lanacane Oral Pain Relief Lanacane Maximum Strength Show all


Benzocaine is a local anesthetic used to numb a painful area on the skin. It works by blocking nerve signals in your body.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Itching 3 1
Pain 2 0
Back pain 1 0
Burning sensation in tongue 1 1
Canker sores (aphthous ulcer) 1 0
Fatigue 1 1

Show all 14 reasons taken

  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 0
Moderate 0
Mild 0
None 3

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with benzocaine topical

Side effect Patients Percentage

Why patients stopped taking benzocaine topical

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Course of treatment ended 1
Did not seem to work 1
See all 2 patients who've stopped taking benzocaine topical


Stopped taking benzocaine topical

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 1
2 - 5 years 1
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 2
Usually 1
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 1
A little hard to take 0
Not at all hard to take 2
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 0
< $25 2
Not specified 1

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking benzocaine topical after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Tramadol (Ultram) 1

Patients stopped taking benzocaine topical and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Lidocaine topical (Lidocaine Viscous) 1
Tramadol (Ultram) 1
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1 patient evaluation for benzocaine topical

Sep 10, 2013 (Started Sep 09, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for itching)
  • Side effects
    None (for Overall)
  • Adherence
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Advice & Tips: This didn't work at all. I woke up in the night several times as my face was itching. This didn't happen when I used Benadryl or E45 Itch Relief
Cost: < $25 monthly

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