Topical Numbing Creaming Side Effects

Last updated: February 20, 2019
Published 11:15 am

It’s important to understand the side effects of the main ingredients found within topical numbing cream.

Below is information I have collated from a number online medical resources. I am not a doctor so I can not verify their accuracy. However, I found the information useful when I first started researching numbing creams for myself. Please always seek professional medical advice before trying any numbing solution.

Lidocaine

Contact your doctor immediately if you have:

Major Side Effects
  • Blistering, crusting, irritation, itching, or reddening on the skin
  • Noisy breathing
  • Tightness in the chest
  • Sudden dizziness or drowsiness
  • Joint pain, stiffness, or swelling
  • Confusion, blurred vision, ringing in your ears
  • Fever
  • Troubled breathing or swallowing
  • Increased heart rate
  • Swelling of the eyelids, face, lips, hands, or feet
Minor Side Effects
  • Bad, unusual, or unpleasant (after) taste
  • Cold or numbness
  • Double vision
  • headache
  • Hearing loss

Benzocaine

 

Contact your doctor immediately if you have:

Major Side Effects
  • Headache
  • Fever
  • Dry white flakes where the medicine was applied
  • Oozing, blistering, or any signs of infection
  • Increased heart rate
  • Pale, blue, or gray appearance of your skin, lips, or fingernails
  • Vomiting

Tetracaine

 

Contact your doctor immediately if you have:

Major Side Effects
  • Blistering, crusting, irritation, itching, or reddening on the skin
  • Noisy breathing
  • Tightness in the chest
  • Sudden dizziness or drowsiness
  • Joint pain, stiffness, or swelling
  • Confusion, blurred vision, ringing in your ears
  • Fever
  • Troubled breathing or swallowing
  • Increased heart rate
  • Swelling of the eyelids, face, lips, hands, or feet
Minor Side Effects
  • Skin tenderness or redness; or
  • Dry white flakes where the medicine was applied
  • Mild stinging, burning, or itching where the medicine is applied

Reference

https://www.drugs.com/sfx/lidocaine-topical-side-effects.html

http://www.rxlist.com/americaine-drug/patient-images-side-effects.htm

http://www.webmd.com/drugs/2/drug-8532-9170/lidocaine-topical/lidocaine-topical/details#side-effects

http://www.emedicinehealth.com/drug-tetracaine_topical/article_em.htm