Anaesthin, a local anesthetic, is available in various forms including topical creams, sprays, oral gels, capsules and others. Anaesthin relieves pain by blocking sodium from passing electrical signals to the pain receptors. It can also be used as a fish tranquilizer, as part of anti-inflammatory medicaments and as an essential ingredient in certain desensitizing condoms.
Anaesthin is primarily used to treat various pains on the body's surface such as burns, skin irritations, sunburn, irritation from sore throat and teething, ingrown toenails, vaginal or rectal irritation and even hemorrhoids. It is also used in some eardrops to treat impacted earwax and ear irritation. Very versatile, it is also used to relieve pains caused by toothache and other dental conditions or to treat skin conditions such as canker sores and warts. It is also sometimes administered to numb the vagina or rectum prior to insertion of probes, tubes or other tools to reduce discomfort for the patient.
No matter what form of Anaesthin is used, follow the instructions for use described in the label or as prescribed by the doctor.
For the treatment of minor skin irritation using topical creams, apply a thin coat of the Anaesthin cream up to 4 times a day. When using the spray formulation, spray it 6 to 12 inches away from the skin and avoid spraying it directly onto the face. Instead, use your hands to wipe it on affected areas of the face to avoid eye contact. For hemorrhoid treatment, clean the affected area thoroughly with soap and water before applying the topical cream up to 6 times a day. When using rectal suppositories, empty your bowels and bladder prior to administration of the medication. Use the smallest amount of medication possible to treat the condition.
When using this medication to ease insertion of tubes and other medical tools to body cavities, apply a thin even coat of Anaesthin to the parts coming in contact with the body.
Anaesthin may produce some extended numbness and some mild irritation when first applied, but some individuals may experience an allergic reaction to Anaesthin. Seek immediate medical attention when experiencing any sign of allergic reaction, which include rashes, pyrexia, sore throat, or inflammation.
Anaesthin may also cause methemoglobinemia, where red blood cells are unable to bind oxygen molecules and causes a lack of oxygen in the body. This medication can also aggravate existing cases of this condition and is not advised for use in patients suffering from respiratory conditions such as asthma or emphysema.
Do not use large amounts of Anaesthin on your skin. Excessive amounts are quickly absorbed through the skin and may aggravate the condition rather than heal it. Overdose may occur as a result of excessive application. Symptoms of an overdose include irregular heartbeats, convulsions and seizures, slowed breathing, which may lead to an actual respiratory failure. If you experience any of these symptoms, seek immediate medical attention.
Anaesthin has the following structural formula:
• Molecular formula of anaesthin is C9H11NO2
• Chemical IUPAC Name is ethyl 4-aminobenzoate
• Molecular weight is 165.189 g/mol
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