What is benzocaine topical?

Category: Over the Counter Drugs

Most popular types: Lanacane Maximum Strength Hurricaine Gel Lanacane Show all

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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 2 1
Back pain 1 0
Burning sensation in tongue 1 1
Fatigue 1 1
Insomnia 1 1
Lesion like rashes 1 0

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

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 0
Moderate 0
Mild 0
None 2

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with benzocaine topical

Side effect Patients

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking benzocaine topical

Dosage Patients
40 g daily 1
20% as needed 1

Why patients stopped taking benzocaine topical

Multiple reasons could be selected

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

Duration

Currently taking benzocaine topical

Duration Patients
1 - 2 years 1
5 - 10 years 1

Stopped taking benzocaine topical

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

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking benzocaine topical after stopping:

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

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andysmee
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andysmee
Data Quality: 1 star
  • Gender: M
  • Age: 40
Condition: Discoid Eczema 1 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Mild
  • Physical: None
I am: vb
I have:
Discoid Eczema

See andysmee's full benzocaine topical history

Sep 10, 2013 (Started Sep 09, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for Itching)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • 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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