Benzocaine Powder - Introduction
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Benzocaine is a local anaesthetic commonly used as a topical pain reliever or in cough drops. It is the active ingredient in many over-the-counter anaesthetic ointments such as products for oral ulcers. It is also combined with antipyrine to form A/B otic drops to relieve ear pain and remove earwax
Benzocaine was first synthesized in 1890 by the German chemist Eduard Ritsert (1859-1946), in the town of Eberbach and introduced to the market in 1902 under the name "Anasthesin".
People who are suffering any kind of pain or discomfort caused by minor skin irritations and sore throat can use the powder to get relief from the pain. It is also used when people suffer from sunburn, teething pain, vaginal or rectal irritation, ingrown toenails, hemorrhoids, and many other sources of minor pain on a surface of the body.
Benzocaine is used as a key ingredient in numerous pharmaceuticals:
Over the counter throat lozenges such as Anbesol and Cepacol.
Some glycerol-based ear medications for use in removing excess wax as well as relieving ear conditions such as otitis media and swimmers ear.
Some condoms designed to prevent premature ejaculation. Benzocaine largely inhibits sensitivity on the penis, and can allow for an erection to be maintained longer (in a continuous act) by delaying ejaculation. Conversely, an erection will also fade faster if stimulus is interrupted.
Benzocaine is commonly found, particularly in Britain, as an impurity in street cocaine. Whilst giving a numbing effect similar to cocaine on users' gums it does not actually produce the effects of cocaine. But in terms of an orally based saliva drug test benzocaine can and has been mistaken for a false positive for cocaine.