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Cepacol Sore Throat (Benzocaine, Menthol Lozenges)

Generic Name: Benzocaine/Menthol Lozenges (BEN zoe kane/MEN thol)
Brand Name: Cepacol Sore Throat, Chloraseptic

Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Jun 23, 2019.

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Uses of Cepacol Sore Throat:

  • It is used to treat mouth sores.
  • It is used to ease mouth and throat pain.
  • It is used to treat canker sores.

What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Cepacol Sore Throat?

  • If you have an allergy to Cepacol Sore Throat (benzocaine/menthol lozenges) or any part of Cepacol Sore Throat (benzocaine/menthol lozenges).
  • If you are allergic to any drugs like this one, any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.

This medicine may interact with other drugs or health problems.

Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take Cepacol Sore Throat (benzocaine/menthol lozenges) with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.

What are some things I need to know or do while I take Cepacol Sore Throat?

  • Tell all of your health care providers that you take Cepacol Sore Throat (benzocaine/menthol lozenges). This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
  • Do not eat while your mouth feels numb. You may bite your tongue.
  • If you have high blood sugar (diabetes), check labels closely. Some products have sugar.
  • Do not give Cepacol Sore Throat (benzocaine/menthol lozenges) to a child younger than 5 years of age.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using Cepacol Sore Throat (benzocaine/menthol lozenges) while you are pregnant.
  • Tell the doctor if your child is breast-feeding a baby. You will need to talk about any risks to the baby.

How is this medicine (Cepacol Sore Throat) best taken?

Use Cepacol Sore Throat (benzocaine/menthol lozenges) as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.

  • Suck oral lozenge. Do not chew, break, or crush it. Do not swallow it whole.

What do I do if I miss a dose?

  • If you take Cepacol Sore Throat (benzocaine/menthol lozenges) on a regular basis, take a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
  • If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
  • Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.
  • Many times Cepacol Sore Throat (benzocaine/menthol lozenges) is taken on an as needed basis. Do not take more often than told by the doctor.

What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?

WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:

  • Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
  • When treating a very sore throat, if signs last more than 2 days, or happen with fever, headache, rash, upset stomach, or throwing up.
  • Swelling.
  • Very bad mouth pain or irritation.

What are some other side effects of Cepacol Sore Throat?

All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:

  • Mouth tingling.

These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.

You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

How do I store and/or throw out Cepacol Sore Throat?

  • Store at room temperature.
  • Protect from heat.
  • Store in a dry place. Do not store in a bathroom.
  • Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Throw away unused or expired drugs. Do not flush down a toilet or pour down a drain unless you are told to do so. Check with your pharmacist if you have questions about the best way to throw out drugs. There may be drug take-back programs in your area.

Consumer information use

  • If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
  • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else’s drugs.
  • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
  • Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
  • Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. Check with your pharmacist. If you have any questions about Cepacol Sore Throat (benzocaine/menthol lozenges), please talk with your doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

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Other brands: Chloraseptic Sore Throat Lozenges

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Uses of Chloraseptic:

  • It is used to treat mouth sores.
  • It is used to treat canker sores.
  • It is used to treat mouth irritation.
  • It is used to ease mouth and throat pain.

What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Chloraseptic?

  • If you have an allergy to Chloraseptic (benzocaine and menthol lozenges) or any part of Chloraseptic (benzocaine and menthol lozenges).
  • If you are allergic to any drugs like this one, any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
  • If there is an infection where Chloraseptic (benzocaine and menthol lozenges) will be used.
  • If the patient is a child younger than 2 years of age. Do not give Chloraseptic (benzocaine and menthol lozenges) to a child younger than 2 years of age. Do not use Chloraseptic (benzocaine and menthol lozenges) for teething.

This medicine may interact with other drugs or health problems.

Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take Chloraseptic (benzocaine and menthol lozenges) with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.

What are some things I need to know or do while I take Chloraseptic?

  • Tell all of your health care providers that you take Chloraseptic (benzocaine and menthol lozenges). This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
  • A severe blood problem called methemoglobinemia has happened with drugs like this one. The risk may be raised in people who have glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) deficiency, heart problems, or lung problems. The risk may also be raised while taking certain other drugs and in infants younger than 6 months of age. Tell your doctor if you have ever had methemoglobinemia.
  • Different brands of Chloraseptic (benzocaine and menthol lozenges) may be for use in different ages of children. Talk with the doctor before giving Chloraseptic (benzocaine and menthol lozenges) to a child.
  • Do not eat while your mouth feels numb. You may bite your tongue.
  • If you have high blood sugar (diabetes), check labels closely. Some products have sugar.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan on getting pregnant, or are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks to you and the baby.

How is this medicine (Chloraseptic) best taken?

Use Chloraseptic (benzocaine and menthol lozenges) as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.

  • Do not eat or drink for at least 1 hour after using.
  • Suck oral lozenge. Do not chew, break, or crush it. Do not swallow it whole.

What do I do if I miss a dose?

  • If you take Chloraseptic (benzocaine and menthol lozenges) on a regular basis, take a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
  • If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
  • Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.
  • Many times Chloraseptic (benzocaine and menthol lozenges) is taken on an as needed basis. Do not take more often than told by the doctor.

How do I store and/or throw out Chloraseptic?

  • Store at room temperature. Do not freeze.
  • Protect from heat.
  • Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Throw away unused or expired drugs. Do not flush down a toilet or pour down a drain unless you are told to do so. Check with your pharmacist if you have questions about the best way to throw out drugs. There may be drug take-back programs in your area.

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

Medical Disclaimer

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  • Drug class: mouth and throat products
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Benzocaine Oral Lozenges

What is this medicine?

BENZOCAINE (BEN zoe kane) causes loss of feeling on the skin and in the mouth. It is used to treat mouth and throat pain.

This medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.

COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Cepacol Sensations, Chloraseptic

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

  • mouth sores or infection

  • an unusual or allergic reaction to benzocaine, para-aminobenzoic acid (PABA), other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives

  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant

  • breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?

Dissolve this medicine slowly and completely in the mouth. Do not cut, crush or chew this medicine. Wash your hands before and after using this medicine. Follow the directions on the label or those given to you by your doctor or health care professional. Do not use this medicine more often than directed.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

Overdosage: If you think you have taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.

NOTE: This medicine is only for you. Do not share this medicine with others.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

  • sulfonamides like sulfacetamide, sulfamethoxazole, sulfisoxazole, and others

This list may not describe all possible interactions. Give your health care provider a list of all the medicines, herbs, non-prescription drugs, or dietary supplements you use. Also tell them if you smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs. Some items may interact with your medicine.

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

This medicine is not for long-term use. Do not use for longer than directed by your doctor or health care professional. Contact your doctor or health care professional if your condition does not start to get better within a few days or if you notice redness, itching or swelling.

The affected area of your mouth will be numb. Try to avoid injury to that area. To avoid biting the tongue or cheek, or difficulty swallowing, do not chew gum or food until the numbness wears off.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:

  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue

  • breathing problems

  • dizziness or drowsiness

  • fast or slow heartbeat

  • headache

  • increased sweating

  • restlessness, nervousness, anxiety

  • seizures

  • tremors

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • redness, swelling, or pain

This list may not describe all possible side effects. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.

NOTE: This sheet is a summary. It may not cover all possible information. If you have questions about this medicine, talk to your doctor, pharmacist, or health care provider.

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What is Ultra chloraseptic throat spray?

Ultra chloraseptic anaesthetic throat spray contains a local anaesthetic called benzocaine.

It is available to buy from pharmacies and is suitable for adults and children over six years old.

What is Ultra chloraseptic throat spray used for?

Relieving the pain of sore throats.

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How does Ultra chloraseptic work?

Benzocaine a local anaesthetic works by numbing the area it is applied to and temporarily stopping pain signals from building up and travelling along the nerves to the brain. This relieves pain in the area to which they are applied.

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How to Ultra chloraseptic throat spray

▪️ Follow the instructions provided with the spray.

▪️ Before you use the spray for the first time you should press the pump down three times to activate it. Point the spray away from your face while you do this.

▪️ When you are ready, open your mouth and point the spray nozzle at the back of your throat.

▪️ Hold your breath and press the pump down to spray. Do not breathe in the spray.

▪️ Adults and adolescents over 12 years of age should administer three sprays to the back of the throat every two to three hours as needed. Do not use more than 8 times in 24 hours.

▪️ For children aged 6 to 12 years, administer one spray to the back of the throat every two to three hours as needed. Do not use more than 8 times in 24 hours. Do not use in a child who is unable to hold their breath while you administer the spray.

▪️ If you still have a sore throat after three days you should consult your doctor. Do not use the spray continuously for more than three days unless directed by a doctor.

Key info to know about Ultra chloraseptic throat spray

▪️ You should consult your doctor before using this medicine if your sore throat is very severe or has lasted longer than a few days, or if you also have breathing or swallowing difficulties, feel sick, have a fever (high temperature) or have a headache.

▪️ Your throat will feel temporarily numb after using this spray. Avoid eating or drinking until the numbness has worn off.

▪️ The spray is not suitable for people with inflammation and swelling of the epiglottis, which lies at the back of the tongue. This is called epiglottitis and may cause breathing or swallowing difficulties. Do not use this spray and consult your doctor if you have any breathing or swallowing difficulties with your sore throat.

▪️ The spray is not suitable for people a rare blood condition called methaemoglobinaemia.

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Is it safe to use Ultra chloraseptic throat spray if pregnant or breastfeeding?

The safety of this spray for use during pregnancy and breastfeeding has not been established so it’s not usually recommended. If you’re pregnant or breastfeeding you should get medical advice from your doctor or pharmacist.

Possible side effects of Ultra chloraseptic throat spray

Medicines and their possible side effects can affect individual people in different ways. The following are some of the side effects that are known to be associated with this throat spray. Just because a side effect is stated here, it does not mean that all people using this medicine will experience that or any side effect.

▪️ Temporary numbness of the mouth and throat. Avoid eating or drinking until the numbness has worn off.

▪️ Sensitisation or allergic reaction. If you experience any breathing difficulties, swelling of your mouth or face, rash or itching after using this spray, stop using it and consult your doctor.

▪️ A very rare blood condition called methaemoglobinaemia has been reported with benzocaine use.

For more information about any other possible risks associated with Ultra chloraseptic throat spray, please read the information provided with the medicine or consult your doctor or pharmacist.

Can I use Ultra chloraseptic throat spray with other medicines?

Yes, Ultra chloraspetic throat spray is not known to affect other medicines.

It’s okay to use Ultra chloraseptic alongside cold and flu remedies or painkillers, such as paracetamol or ibuprofen. It is best to avoid using it with other sore throat sprays or lozenges that contain a local anaesthetic. Ask your pharmacist for more advice.

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Last updated 12.11.2019

Rita Ghelani (BPharm, MRPharmS) Pharmacist A UK registered practising pharmacist with over 20 years’ experience, Rita is a member of the medical journalists’ association (MJA) and has a wealth of experience in community pharmacy.

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