Orajel: Maximum Strength Gel – Uses, Side Effects

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Benzocaine can be used to temporarily relieve minor Orajel problems such as toothache, sore gums/throat or mouth/gum injuries. This local anesthetic works by numbing your painful area. Ask your doctor for more details.

How to use the Orajel Maximum Strength gel

Follow the instructions on the package. Use the medication as prescribed by your doctor. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have questions.

If your doctor has directed, you should not take this medication more often than four times per day. Allow the medication to remain on the painful area for at most 1 minute before you spit out or rinse your mouth.

Avoid using large quantities of this drug and avoid using Orajel more frequently than prescribed. The risk of serious side effects, including rarely fatal methemoglobinemia, will rise.

You may feel tingling, burning or tingling. These effects may persist or get worsened if they are not treated promptly by your doctor or pharmacist.

Remember that your doctor may have directed you to take this medication if you feel that it is more beneficial than side effects. This medication is not known to cause serious side effects in many people.

Rarely has this medication caused severe (possibly fatal!) blood disorders (methemoglobinemia). This is more common if you are suffering from breathing problems, have certain blood diseases, or smoke (see also the Precautions section). This disorder can manifest in minutes or hours. Methemoglobinemia symptoms can be severe and should be treated immediately.

It is very rare for this drug to cause a severe allergic reaction. If you have symptoms such as rash, swelling (especially on the face/tongue/throat), dizziness, or trouble breathing, please seek medical attention immediately.

This list does not include all possible side effects. You should consult your pharmacist if you experience any other side effects.

Tell your doctor or pharmacist if benzocaine is an allergy. Also, ask about other “caine,” such as procaine, or any other allergies. Inactive ingredients can cause allergic reactions and other problems. For more information, consult your pharmacist.

Before using, you should consult your doctor

Tell your dentist or doctor at Orajel about any products you use, including prescription drugs and nonprescription drugs.

This product should not be used during pregnancy. Talk to your doctor about the benefits and risks.

It is not known if the product will be absorbed into breast milk from Orajel. Before breast-feeding, consult your doctor.

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