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Dibucaine

INFORMATION

Uses

Dibucaine is used for local anaesthesia (numb tissues in a specific area).

How it works

Dibucaine works by blocking pain signals from the nerves to brain which decreases the sensation of pain.

Common side effects

Palpitations, Increased sensitivity to light, Chest pain, Contact dermatitis, Diarrhoea, Eye irritation, Skin irritation

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Expert advice

  • Avoid prolonged use. Always follow label instructions or instructions of your doctor regarding use of dibucaine ointment.
  • In patients with hemorrhoids, stop use of dibucaine and contact your doctor immediately if you notice bleeding from anus (rectal bleeding).
  • Contact your doctor if your symptoms do not improve after 7 days of treatment with dibucaine, or if you notice redness, irritation, swelling, bleeding, or any new symptoms.
  • Do not use dibucaine ointment in children aged below 2 years.
  • Avoid exposing affected areas to sunlight or tanning beds after applying dibucaine ointment. Wear protective clothing or use sunscreens for protection.
  • Dibucaine ointment is meant for external use only. Avoid contact with eyes. Wash thoroughly with water in case of accidental contact.
  • Do not use dibucaine on open wounds, dry, chapped or irritated skin.
  • Before applying dibucaine, wash the skin thoroughly with soap and water and pat dry gently with a soft cloth or tissue.
  • You may cover the treated skin with a light dressing (light bandage or gauze). Avoid dressings that do not allow air to pass through it (occlusive dressings) such as plastic wraps.
  • Do consult your doctor before using dibucaine, if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant or breastfeeding.

Frequently asked questions

Dibucaine

Q.Is dibucaine available over the counter?
Dibucaine ointments may be available as over the counter

Q.How to use dibucaine ointment?
Dibucaine ointment should be applied on the affected area 3 to 4 times daily or as advised by your doctor. Before applying dibucaine, wash the skin thoroughly with soap and water and pat dry gently with a soft cloth or tissue. You may cover the treated skin with a light dressing (light bandage or gauze). Avoid dressings that do not allow air to pass through it (occlusive dressings) such as plastic wraps. Do not use dibucaine on open wounds, dry, chapped or irritated skin. Please follow your doctor's advice or instructions provided with the product regarding use.


Content on this page was last updated on 29 November, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)