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dibucaine (topical) (cont.)

What should I discuss with my health care provider before using dibucaine topical (Dibucaine, Nupercainal)?

You should not use this medication if you are allergic to dibucaine.

Before using dibucaine topical, tell your doctor if you have asthma or any allergies.

FDA pregnancy category C. This medication may be harmful to an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while you are using this medication.

It is not known whether dibucaine topical passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

How should I use dibucaine topical (Dibucaine, Nupercainal)?

Use this medication exactly as directed on the label, or as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use it in larger amounts or for longer than recommended.

Dibucaine is usually applied to the affected area 3 to 4 times daily, depending why you are using the medication. Follow the label directions or your doctor's instructions about how much medication to use and how often.

Apply enough of this medication to cover the entire area to be treated.

Dibucaine ointment may be used on the rectum after each bowel movement or up to 4 times per day to treat hemorrhoid pain and itching.

Wash your hands after applying dibucaine topical.

It is best to use no more than 1 tube of dibucaine per day (24 hours). If you use the ointment on a child, use no more than 1/4 of a tube per day.

You may cover the treated skin area with a light bandage or gauze dressing. Avoid any covering that does not allow air to pass through it, such as plastic wrap.

Stop using dibucaine and call your doctor if your symptoms get worse, if you have a new skin rash or irritation, or if you have rectal bleeding.

Store this medication at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

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