Anaesthesin review

Anaesthesin, a widely used local anesthetic, is available in various forms including topical creams, sprays, oral gels, capsules and others. Anaesthesin 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.

Anaesthesin 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 medicament, 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 Anaesthesin 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 Anaesthesin 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 medicament. Always use the smallest amount of medicament possible to treat the condition.

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

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

Anaesthesin may also cause methemoglobinemia, where red blood cells are unable to bind oxygen molecules and causes a lack of oxygen in the body. This medicament 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 Anaesthesin 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.

Anaesthesin has the following structural formula:

Chemical structure of anaesthesin

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

Generic name: Benzocaine

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