Benzydamine is a pain-killing and topical medicine.

Pronunciation: ben-ZID-uh-meen

What are benzydamine’s uses?

Benzydamine – also known as benzydamine hydrochloride – relieves the pain and inflammation associated with a sore throat or with mouth sores caused by radiation therapy.

It’s available as an oral rinse, mouth spray and cream.

What dosage should you take?

A typical adult dosage of benzydamine oral rinse (mouthwash) is 15ml every 1½ to 3 hours. The oral rinse is not suitable for children under 13.

For benzydamine spray, use 4 to 8 sprays on to the sore area every 1½ to 3 hours.

If you are giving benzydamine to your child, check the label carefully to make sure you are using the correct number of sprays for the age of your child.

However, first check the correct dosage with your Clicks pharmacist.

What special precautions should you take?

  • If you are using the spray, be careful not to get it into your eyes. Rinse with warm water if this happens.
  • Don’t use for longer than seven days unless it is on the advice of a doctor or dentist.
  • During pregnancy or if you’re breastfeeding, consult with your doctor, dentist or Clicks pharmacist before you start using benzydamine.
  • Avoid if you’re allergic or sensitive to any of its ingredients.
  • Rinse with it, do not swallow.
  • If you are using the benzydamine hydrochloride cream, avoid contact with eyes, mouth, nose, genitals and anus.

Benzydamine should be avoided if you suffer from a benzydamine allergy.

Benzydamine should be used with caution if you suffer from kidney disease.

What drug interactions could you experience?

Benzydamine has no known drug interactions. However, always inform your doctor or Clicks pharmacist what prescription and non-prescription medications, vitamins, nutritional supplements and herbal products you are taking or planning to take.

What are benzydanine’s side effects?

Side effects could include:

  • Numbness
  • Stinging feeling in your mouth
  • Allergic reactions, such as itching, rash, or spasm of the throat or airways causing shortness of breath

This is not a complete list of side effects. It’s essential that you call your doctor should you notice any severe or odd side effects.

What are the overdose symptoms?

An overdose can reportedly cause stimulation of the central nervous system, hallucinations, and psychosis.

Call a doctor or an ambulance immediately if you notice the following symptoms:

  • Hives
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Swelling of your face, lips, tongue or throat
The accuracy of this information was checked and approved by Clicks' pharmacist Waheed Abdurahman in April 2015