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Benzocaine Rectal ointment

It is used to treat the itching, swelling, and pain of hemorrhoids

Generic Name: benzocaine topical  |  Brand Name: Trocaine

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What is this medicine?

BENZOCAINE (BEN zoe kane) causes loss of feeling in the skin. It is used to treat the itching, swelling, and pain of hemorrhoids.

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

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • hemorrhoids inside the rectum
  • skin infection
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to benzocaine, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?

This medicine is for external use only. Do not take by mouth. Follow the directions on the label or those given to you by your doctor or health care professional. Do not get this medicine in your eyes. If you do, rinse out with plenty of cool tap water. Do not put this medicine inside the rectum. Do not use this medicine more often than directed.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this medicine may be used on children as young as 12 years of age, precautions do apply.

What if I miss a dose?

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

What may interact with this medicine?

  • sulfonamides like sulfacetamide, sulfamethoxazole, sulfisoxazole, and others

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Stop using this medicine if your symptoms do not get better in 7 days or if they get worse. Tell your doctor right away if you have any rectal bleeding.

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

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). Do not freeze. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.


Last Updated: March 19, 2009
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