Americaine review

Americaine, a widely used local anesthetic, is available in various forms including topical creams, sprays, oral gels, capsules and others. Americaine relieves pain by blocking sodium from passing electrical signals to the pain receptors. It is also used as a fish tranquilizer, as part of anti-inflammatory medicaments and as an essential ingredient in certain desensitizing condoms.

Americaine is primarily used to treat various pains on the surface of the body such as burns, skin irritations, sunburn, irritation from sore throat and teething, ingrown toenails, vaginal or rectal irritation and even hemorrhoids. But is also used in some eardrops to treat impacted earwax and ear irritation. A versatile medication, 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 Americaine is used, always follow the instructions for use described in the label or as prescribed by the doctor.

The recommended use for treatment of minor skin irritation using topical creams is to apply a thin coat of the Americaine cream up to 4 times a day. The recommended use when using the spray formulation is to 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, it is recommended that you clean the affected area thoroughly with soap and water before applying the topical cream up to 6 times a day. If using rectal suppositories, empty your bowels and bladder prior to administration of the medication. Always use the smallest amount of medication possible to treat the condition.

When using to ease insertion of tubes and other medical tools to body cavities, apply a thin even coat of the Americaine preparation to the parts coming in contact with the body.

Americaine may produce some extended numbness as well as some mild irritation when first applied, but certain individuals may experience an allergic reaction to Americaine. Seek medical attention when experiencing any sign of allergic reaction, which include rashes, pyrexia, sore throat, or inflammation.

Americaine may also cause methemoglobinemia, where the 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 to be administered to patients suffering from respiratory conditions such as asthma or emphysema.

Do not use large amounts of Americaine on your skin as these excessive amounts are quickly absorbed through the skin and may aggravate the condition rather than heal it. Overdose may occur as a result of this excessive application and symptoms may include irregular heartbeats, convulsions and seizures, slowed breathing, which may lead to an actual respiratory failure.

Americaine has the following structural formula:

Chemical structure of americaine

• Molecular formula of americaine is C9H11NO2
• Chemical IUPAC Name is ethyl 4-aminobenzoate
• Molecular weight is 165.189 g/mol

Generic name: Benzocaine

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