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Anbesol teething gel

  • Overview


Information specific to: Anbesol teething gel.

About Anbesol teething gel and how it works

This medicine is used to relieve the pain of mouth ulcers, denture irritation and teething pain in children. It contains three main ingredients: lidocaine, chlorocresol, and cetylpyridinium chloride. Lidocaine is a local anaesthetic that helps relieve pain; chlorocresol and cetylpyridinium chloride are antiseptics that help prevent infection.

This medicine is available in the form of a gel which should be applied directly to the affected areas in the mouth.

You should not apply the gel more frequently than every three hours.

Speak to a doctor or dentist if symptoms do not improve within seven days or if they get worse during treatment with this medicine.

Before using Anbesol teething gel

This medicine may not be suitable for everyone and some people must never have it. Check the leaflet that comes with your medicine to make sure that the medicine is suitable before having it.

Always get advice from a healthcare professional before using this medicine if this medicine is for someone who:

  • is allergic or sensitive to or has had a reaction to any of the ingredients in the medicine or to amide-type anaesthetics
  • has porphyria
  • is an alcoholic
  • has liver problems
  • has epilepsy
  • you have a wound or damaged mucous membrane in the area where you need to apply this medicine

Medicines interactions

If you are taking or using more than one medicine they may interact with each other. Before using this medicine consult your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking or have recently taken any other medicines including vitamins, supplements and herbal or complementary preparations.

The following medicines may interact with this medicine:

  • antiarrhythmic drugs such as mexiletine or amiodarone
  • erythromycin
  • itraconazole
  • cimetidine
  • beta blockers

Possible side effects of Anbesol teething gel

Most medicines can cause some side-effects but not everyone having the same medicine will get the same side-effects.

The following side-effects have been associated with people having this medicine:

  • mouth ulcers
  • dermatitis
  • allergic reactions
  • if an excessive amount of gel is applied to a damaged mucous membrane, side-effects such as convulsions may occur
  • gastrointestinal problems

Pregnancy and breast-feeding

If you are trying to become pregnant, are pregnant, or are breast-feeding, you should seek medical advice before having this medicine.

Other important information

Make sure that you read the leaflet that comes with your medicine to check what dose you should apply and if there is anything that you need to do if you apply more than the recommended dose. If you are in any doubt about whether this medicine is suitable for you or a child, speak to your doctor, dentist or pharmacist.

This medicine contains alcohol and may not be suitable if someone suffers from alcoholism, epilepsy or liver problems.

Keep all medicines out of the sight and reach of children.

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