Ethyl 4-aminobenzoate: What You Should Know About This Medicine?

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Posted on: 19 July 2014 by Ethan Jeffray

Ethyl 4-Aminobenzoate, also known as 4-Aminobenzoic acid Ethyl Ester, Benzocaine, H-4-Abz-OEt, 4-(Ethoxycarbonyl) Eniliniumato and Ethyl P-Aminobenzoate is a local anaesthetic usually used as a topical pain reliever.

Ethyl 4-Aminobenzoate, also known as 4-Aminobenzoic acid Ethyl Ester, Benzocaine, H-4-Abz-OEt, 4-(Ethoxycarbonyl) Eniliniumato and Ethyl P-Aminobenzoate is a local anaesthetic usually used as a topical pain reliever.

Benzocaine works effectively by blocking the nerve signals in your body. It is used to lessen pain or uneasiness caused by minor skin irritations, sunburn, sore throat, vaginal or rectal irritation, teething pain, haemorrhoids, ingrown toenails and other minor pains on a surface of the body.

Moreover, this product can also be used to numb the skin or surfaces inside the mouth, nose, throat, vagina or rectum to reduce the pain of inserting medical equipment like a tube or speculum. However, this medicine does not induce unconsciousness as general anaesthetics do when used for surgical operations.

Before taking this medicine, you should consult a doctor to confirm if it is safe to use this medicine, if you are suffering from the following conditions:

  • Emphysema, bronchitis, asthma or any other breathing disorder

  • Heart related disease

  • A personal or family history of Methemoglobinemia or any genetic enzyme deficiency

  • If you smoke most often

So, what are the possible side effects of using ethyl 4-aminobenzoate topical in the mouth or throat? Well, the signs and symptoms of using this product may occur within minutes or up to 2 hours. These symptoms may include:

  • Feeling of tiredness, headache, confusion

  • Fast heart rate

  • Shortness of breath and light-headed feeling

  • Swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat

  • The skin, lips or fingernails may turn pale, blue or grey in colour

These are some of the side effects that may occur after using benzocaine topical. One must seek an emergency medical help if one notice any of the above signs or symptoms. So, one must discuss all the risks and benefits with the doctor associated with this medicine before actually using it.

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Delbert Kendrick posted 26 April 2018

I don`t know for what this medicine is used and why it must be used. But, this article has given good information to users about this medicine. The assignmentgeek.com.au writing blog link which this article shares has lot of more details and information about this medicine in that blog.


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