What is Pramoxine HCI?

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Pramoxine hydrochloride is a local topical anesthetic. This anesthetic is available with or without menthol in cream form as well as gel form. It is used to relieve minor pain and inflammation of the skin brought on by any number of factors. As with any medication or anesthetic, care should be taken while using pramoxine hydrochloride.

Uses

  • This topical anesthetic is used in the treatment of minor skin disorders. It can relieve pain and pruritus as well as inflammation associated with minor burns and sunburns. Pramoxine is also used to relieve inflammation and pain from insect bites, poison ivy, poison oak, minor cuts and scratches.

Function

  • According to Drugs.com, "Topical anesthetics deaden the nerve endings in the skin. They do not cause unconsciousness as do general anesthetics used for surgery. (See Reference in Comments to the Editor)." Pramoxine will usually take effect between three and five minutes after administration.

Side Effects

  • As with any medication, some side effects may be experienced with Pramoxine use. Most adverse reactions occur through excessive use of this anesthetic. Some rare side effects associated with Pramoxine use are large swellings on the mouth, skin or throat, rashes, redness, hives, stinging, burning, swelling and tenderness at the application site. A doctor should be contacted if any of these side effects occur.

Dosing

  • Pramoxine hydrochloride cream USP can be used by adults and adolescents as needed three to four times per day. The same dosing instructions can also be followed in the use of pramoxine hydrochloride lotion, pramoxine hydrochloride and menthol gel as well as pramoxine hydrochloride and menthol lotion. Proper dosing for pediatric use in children younger than two years old has not been established. Pramoxine should not be applied across large areas of the body and should not be used for extended periods of time as this may increase the risk of toxicity and systemic absorption.

Warnings

  • After application, care should be taken not to transfer this medication into the mouth as it should not be swallowed. If conditions do not improve or worsen within seven days of an initial application, use of pramoxine should be discontinued and a doctor should be consulted. Use should also be discontinued if the application area becomes infected or if rashes, irritation or other symptoms persist.

References

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