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By Medicover Hospitals / 15 Feb 2021
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  • Zilactin is sold under the brand name Benzocaine that is used to relieve pain from minor problems in the mouth. It is a local anesthetic that works by numbing the pain or affected area.
    1. Zilactin Uses
    2. Side effects
    3. Precautions
    4. Dosage
    5. Storage
    6. FAQ's

    Zilactin Uses:

  • Benzocaine is used for short term treatment to relieve pain from minor problems in the mouth (such as toothache, canker sores, sore gums/throat, mouth/gum injuries). It is a local anesthetic that works by numbing the painful or affected area. Do not use this product for children younger than 2 years of age due to the risk of serious side effects.
  • How to use:

  • Follow all directions on the package of products. If this medicine has been prescribed by your doctor, use it as directed. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.
  • Do not use this medicine more than 4 times a day unless directed by your doctor. Allow the medication to remain in a painful area for at least 1 minute before spitting out or rinsing the mouth.
  • Do not use or use large amounts of this drug more often than directed, as the risk of serious side effects (including rarely fatal methemoglobinemia) will increase.
  • Avoid getting this medicine in your eyes. Stop using this medicine and tell your doctor if your sore throat is severe or if it lasts longer than 2 days, or if your sore mouth symptoms last longer than 7 days, or if you have a fever, headache, rash, swelling, nausea, or vomiting. You may have a serious medical problem that might require different treatment. If your condition persists or worsens, or if you think you might have a serious medical problem, get medical help right away.
  • How is this medicine (Zilactin) best used?
    • Use Zilactin (benzyl alcohol gel) as directed by your doctor. Read all the information you have given. Follow all instructions carefully.
    • Before and after use, wash your hands.
    • Don't swallow Zilactin (benzyl alcohol gel).
    • Do not take Zilactin (benzyl alcohol gel) in your eyes.
    • Dry the area where you're going to put Zilactin (benzyl alcohol gel).
    • Put a thin layer of cotton or a clean fingertip on the affected part.
    • Just put on the affected part.
    • Let it dry for 30 to 60 seconds.
    • Don't peel off the dry film. If you need to remove the film, put it on another coat and wipe the area with a moist cloth.
    • This medicine may get caught in the fire. Do not use near the open flame or smoke.

    Zilactin Side Effects:

  • Some of the common side effects of Zilactin are:
    • Pale skin
    • Bluish or gray skin
    • Tiredness
    • Shortness of breath
    • Fast heartbeat
    • Dizziness
    • Headache
    • Confusion
    • Serious allergic reaction
    • Rash
    • Itching
    • Swelling
    • Throat
    • severe dizziness
    • Trouble breathing


  • Before using benzocaine, inform your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to benzocaine; or any other caine anesthetics (such as procaine) or if you have any other allergies. This product might contain inactive ingredients that may cause allergic reactions or other health problems. Please talk to your pharmacist for more details and information.
  • If you have any of the following health problems, please consult your doctor or pharmacist before using this product: heart disease, certain blood disorders (G6PD deficiency, pyruvate kinase deficiency, hemoglobin-M disease, NADH-methemoglobin reductase deficiency), breathing problems (such as asthma, bronchitis, emphysema, smoking history).
  • Tell your doctor or dentist about all the products you use before you have surgery (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products).
  • This product should only be used during pregnancy when urgently required. Talk to your doctor about the risks, benefits, and advantages.
  • It is not known if the product passes into breast milk. Before breastfeeding, consult your doctor.
  • This medicine may contain aspartame. If you have phenylketonuria (PKU) or any other condition that requires you to restrict your intake of aspartame (or phenylalanine), consult your doctor or pharmacist for safe use of this medicine.
  • What are some things that I need to know or do while I'm taking Zilactin?

  • Tell all your health care providers that you are taking Zilactin (benzyl alcohol gel). These include your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists. If Zilactin (benzyl alcohol gel) is taken by mouth, get medical help or call a poison control center immediately. This medicine contains benzyl alcohol. Benzyl alcohol can cause very bad and sometimes fatal side effects in newborns or infants. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding. You're going to need to talk about the benefits and risks to you and the baby.
  • Missed Dose:

  • If you use Zilactin (benzyl alcohol gel) on a regular basis, take the missed dose as soon as you think about it. If it is already time for your next dose, skip the forgotten dose and go back to your normal time. Do not take 2 doses at the same time or take extra doses. Zilactin (benzyl alcohol gel) is often used as needed. Do not use it more often than told by your doctor.
  • Overdose:

  • If you think there's been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical attention right away. Be prepared to tell or show what has been taken, how much, and when it has happened
  • Storage:

  • Store at room temperature, please. Don't freeze it. Store it in a dry place. Don't store it in the bathroom. Protect yourself from the heat or open flame. Keep all of the drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of your children and pets. Throw away any unused or expired drugs. Don't flush down the toilet or pour down the drain unless you're told to do so. Check with your pharmacist if you have any questions about the best way to throw out drugs. Drug take-back programs may be in your area.
  • Other Information:

  • If your symptoms or any side effects and health problems do not improve or start getting worse, call your doctor immediately. Do not share your drugs with others, and do not take any other drugs. Some drugs may have a different patient information leaflet. Please check with your pharmacist. If you have any questions about Zilactin (benzyl alcohol gel), please talk to your doctor, nurse, pharmacist or other health care provider.
  • Frequently Asked Questions:

    For the last few years, I've had a cold sore on the same spot on my lip every year. I was using Abreva, but I was never happy with the results. I bought Zilactin in the hope that I would get better results, and I did. It works far better for me than Abreva, and the cost is far less for the Zilactin.
    It is used for short term treatment to relieve pain from minor problems in the mouth (such as toothache, canker sores, sore gums/throat, mouth and gum injuries). It is a local anesthetic that works by numbing the painful area. Do not use this product for children younger than 2 years of age due to the risk of serious side effects.
    Apply a thin gel coat with a cotton swab or a clean finger up to 4 times a day. Allow drying for 30-60 seconds. Don't peel off the protective film. Attempts to peel off the film may result in irritation or tenderness of the skin.
    Zilactin-B is dark brown with a heavy crust over the sore. If the area is dry when applied, it will remain well in place.
    Overdose of benzocaine topical applied to the skin may cause life-threatening side effects such as uneven heartbeats, seizures (convulsions), coma, slowed breathing, or respiratory failure (breathing stops). Evite to eat within 1 hour of using benzocaine topical in your gums or inside your mouth.


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