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Name of the generic: dibucaine topical [DYE-bue-kane]
Names of brands: Dibucaine, Nupercainal
The class of drug: topical anesthetics

What is Dibucaine?

Dibucaine is an anesthetic or numbing medication. Dibucaine (for the skin) is a treatment for minor discomfort as well as itching due to small skin cuts and burns, insect bites or stings, sunburn, or other skin irritations.

Dibucaine can also be used to alleviate itching and pain due to hemorrhoids or other irritations of the rectal area. Dibucaine is also employed for other purposes that are not covered in this guideline.

Side effects of Dibucaine

See a doctor immediately. If you are experiencing symptoms or warning signs of an allergic response, like hives, trouble breathing, and swelling of your lips, face, and tongue,

Dibucaine could cause serious adverse side effects. Take a break from Dibucaine and consult your physician immediately if you suffer from:

  • Extreme burning or stinging
  • Bleeding in the rectal area o
  • An itchy rash or another irritation on your skin.

The less serious side effects could be more likely, and there may be no side effects whatsoever.

This isn't a complete list of possible side effects, and other side effects could be present. Consult your physician to seek medical advice on adverse effects. You can report any adverse reactions to the fda at 1-800-fda-1088.

Similar/related drugs

topical hydrocortisone, lidocaine topical, lidocaine for ophthalmic use, vancomycin, gentamicin, topical phenylephrine, and tobramycin


Follow the directions on the label of your medication and the package. Inform your healthcare professionals about your medical issues, allergies, and the medicines you are taking.

Before you take this drug

You shouldn't use dibucaine if you have an allergy to it. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if dibucaine can be suitable for use if you are suffering from an allergic reaction. Consult a physician before using this medication if you are nursing or pregnant. When you put Dibucaine on your chest, stay clear of the areas that could come into contact with the baby's mouth. Do not administer this medicine to children younger than 12 years of age without medical guidance.

How to take Dibucaine?

Follow exactly the instructions on the label or as recommended by your physician. Do not chew it. Topical medicines are intended for use solely on your skin. Dibucaine could cause serious adverse consequences if it is ingested into the mouth, particularly in the mouth of a child.

It is recommended to limit the use of 1 ounce of dibucaine every day (24 hours). If you apply the ointment to children, make sure you use only 14 ounces each day. Wash your hands thoroughly prior to and after applying the medication.

Don't apply this medication to areas that are prone to irritation or open wounds. burned skin, broken skin, or skin that is irritated. You can cover the skin area with a gentle gauze dressing or bandage.

For hemorrhoids, apply the ointment to the rectum's exterior following every bowel movement up to four times a day. Consult your doctor if symptoms don't improve after seven weeks of therapy or if symptoms become worse. Keep at ambient temperature. Avoid freezing. Close the tube when not in use.

What happens if I miss the dose?

Apply the medicine as fast as you can; however, avoid the dose you missed if it is close to time for the next dose. Don't apply two doses at once.

What happens if I overdose?

A high dose of dibucaine isn't expected to be a danger. Get medical attention immediately, or contact us for help at the Poison Help Line at 1-800-222-1222. If you have accidentally swallowed the drug,

What should be avoided?

Do not put Dibucaine into your nose, eyes, or mouth. If contact does occur, wash your mouth with water. Do not use other medicines or skin care products on the areas that you treat with dibucaine unless your doctor has instructed you to.

Interaction with other drugs

The skin care treatment will not be affected by any other medications you take. But there are many drugs that interact with one another. Inform your health care providers about the medications you take, including medications that are prescribed and available over the counter, vitamins, and herbal remedies.