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How can Vagisil help me?

Vagisil is a local anesthetic (numbing) medication that works by blocking the nerve signals in your body. It is used to numb the skin or surfaces inside the mouth, nose, and throat. It also reduces the pain or discomfort of inserting medical instruments into the vagina or rectum such as a tube or speculum. Vagisil can also be used to decrease the amount of pain or discomfort caused by minor pain on a surface of the body.

Tell your doctor if you have/are:

  • Allergic to Vagisil or any other drug
  • Pregnant or plan to become pregnant
  • Breast-feeding
  • Taking any other prescription or over-the-counter medications including vitamins, minerals and herbal products.
  • Asthma, bronchitis, emphysema or other breathing disorder
  • Heart disease
  • A personal or family history of blood cell disorder called methemoglobinemia or any genetic enzyme deficiency
  • A smoker

What are the precautions for Vagisil?

Overdosing on Vagisil or any other numbing medications can be fatal. Do not apply too much of the medicine on your skin because the medicine will be absorbed through the skin and into the blood. Symptoms of overdosing include uneven heartbeats, seizure or convulsions, coma, and slowed or stopped breathing (respiratory failure). Always use the smallest amount of this medication needed to numb the skin or relieve pain. Do not use large amounts of Vagisil.

Do not cover treated skin areas with a bandage or plastic wrap without asking your doctor. Do not use Vagisil topical to treat large skin areas or deep puncture wounds. Avoid getting this medication in your eyes. You must avoid eating within 1 hour after using Vagisil on your gums or inside your mouth. Do not use this medicine on a child younger than 1 year old.

How do I take Vagisil?

Read the label on the medication and take medication as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use this medication longer than recommended. Do not use larger or smaller amounts of the medication. When treating a minor skin condition, apply a thin layer on to the affected area up to 4 times a day. If your medication comes in a spray, spray medication 6 – 12 inches away from skin. If the affected area is on your face, spray medication on your hands and then apply it on to the affected area on your face.

Avoid contact with your eyes and do not spray onto your face. Do not use Vagisil on large affected skin areas, deep punctured wounds, raw or blistered skin from a severe burn or abrasion. Store Vagisil at room temperature and away from the heat or moisture. Do not freeze.

If a dose is missed, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double up on doses. You may or may not be on a dosing schedule.

Side effects:

Serious side effects:

  • Severe burning, stinging, or sensitivity where the medicine is applied
  • Swelling, warmth, or redness
  • Oozing, blistering, or any signs of infection
  • Headache, weakness, dizziness, breathing problems, fast heart rate, and gray or bluish Colored skin (rare but serious side effects of benzocaine)

Less serious side effects:

  • Mild stinging, burning, or itching where the medicine is applied
  • Skin tenderness or redness
  • Dry white flakes where the medicine was applied

This information is advisory only. It does not contain all information about this drug. If you have any questions about Vagisil ask your doctor, pharmacist, or health care provider.
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