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Chemical Properties

The statement "Benzocaine is an ester from the Benzodiazepine drug family" is unreferenced and on basis of chemical structure is very likely incorrect. I have removed it. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 06:13, 11 April 2009 (UTC)

Why did you delete the part about how it relieves pain?

An addition to the cautions section - I just used a small droplet of benzocaine gel (Anbesol Max-Strength Benzocaine 20%) to numb some severe tooth pain.

It worked like a charm, relieving my toothache in seconds and causing a side effect of excess salivation. By reflex, I swallowed. Hooo boy - within a half minute I was feeling GOOD!

Today's lesson - when you use this stuff, don't use too much AND have a cup nearby to spit in. If your reflexes get the better of you, you might just end up with a full-body float.

-Edited by B. Mack on 5 April 2006

sorry i messed it up... please revert, but note that benzocaine is not used in condoms, funny though that may sound - it's an ANAESTHETIC! Meconium 19:54, 3 May 2006 (UTC)

Yes it is.

Simply pondering, seeing that it prevents nerve endings from communicating with the brain, could the correct amount of Benzocaine hypothetically cause temporary blindness if applied to the eyes?-- 19:47, 12 July 2006 (UTC)

Yes, but it would have to get it to the retina or the optic nerve. You'd could inject it into the vitreous humor...but I really don't want you to do any of this. --justing magpie 20:12, 21 July 2006 (UTC)

Other Uses[edit]

Reverted the page to take out the section about Benzocaine being used as a cutting agent for cocaine, no source citing and I rather doubt that a verifiable source will exist from which to cite from.Shyran 19:45, 26 August 2007 (UTC)


As per WP:MEDMOS generally articles on specific brands should be avoided and a single article on the active ingredients under an article named for the INN should be used. Then that article may list notable brands. Clearly there may be exceptions, where the brand is particularly notable, especially if it covers a range of products (hence tylenol as well as paracetamol, MacDonalds as well as beefburger).

Proposed therefore to redirect here are:

David Ruben Talk 15:25, 11 March 2008 (UTC)

Merged by redirecting - (Kanaka has additional meanings, so made into a disambiguation page). David Ruben Talk 03:31, 17 March 2008 (UTC)

Too Much Information, More Information[edit]

It sounds rather sounds peculiar and unprofessional to go into such detail about Benzocaine's use in sex, that is, barring expansion of the whole section with a bunch of other (non-sexual) uses.

Benzocaine is not cocaine, but how similar/different are they chemically?

JKeck (talk) 07:01, 13 July 2008 (UTC)

"how it relieves pain"[edit]

is it just me or does that section title seem a bit unencyclopedaic? Alecjw (talk) 10:06, 6 August 2009 (UTC)

agreed, especially as it is an anaesthetic, not an analgesic. Murdochious (talk) 21:18, 29 November 2009 (UTC)

Boiling point[edit]

A bp of 172 °C at normal pressure is by far too low for such a molecule (look for the bps of aniline and benzoic acid ethyl ester...). D'Ans-Lax says: about 310 °C. --FK1954 (talk) 19:57, 10 March 2011 (UTC)

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