What is Orajel Extra Strength Dental Gel?
Orajel Extra Strength Gel is a type of local anaesthetic designed to ease the pain of toothache. It numbs the area, easing pain quickly and effectively, with twice the strength of the regular Orajel gel. Perfect for those who are suffering from a more painful toothache.
Who is Orajel Extra Strength suitable for?
It is suitable to be used by adults and children aged 12 and over who are suffering from toothache. If you have a broken tooth or need a filling and can’t get to your dentist straight away, Orajel Extra Strength can help to ease your pain until you can make an appointment.
What causes toothache?
There are lots of reasons why you may be suffering from toothache, and many people suffer with it at one point or another. Your dentist will be able to tell you the exact cause of your toothache, but some of the most common causes include:
- Tooth decay
- A broken or chipped tooth
- A loose or broken filling
- Dental abscesses
- Poorly fitting braces
How will this gel ease my toothache?
Orajel Extra Strength contains 20% w/w of the active ingredient Benzocaine, which is a local anaesthetic. This means it numbs the area where you apply it, easing your pain right away. It can be applied straight into the tooth cavity, to reduce pain right at the source until you can see your dentist.
Can I use this toothache gel if I’m pregnant or breastfeeding?
If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, you should speak to your doctor or Chemist 4 U pharmacist before using this gel or any other medication. This will help you to be sure that this product is safe for you and your baby.
Can I use this gel if I’m taking other medication?
You should speak to your doctor or Chemist 4 U pharmacist before using this product if you are taking any other medication, as they may interact. Do not use this product if you are taking any sulphonamides antibiotics, such as co-trimoxazole, as the active ingredient it Orajel can stop these antibiotics from working as effectively as they should.
How should I be using this toothache gel?
You simply open the tube and apply a small amount, roughly the size of a pea, into the tooth cavity. Do not use this product for more than 4 times a day. This gel is for short-term use only, do not use continuously.
Why do I need to answer some medical questions before I can buy?
You do not need a prescription for Orajel Extra Strength, however, you will be asked to complete a short medical questionnaire by your Chemist-4-U pharmacist before we can take your order. This includes some simple questions that all pharmacies legally are required to ask before supplying this kind of product. This helps our pharmacy team to be sure that Orajel is the best choice for you.
When should Orajel Extra Strength not be used?
Orajel Extra Strength is not suitable for use by children under the age of 12. Do not use this product if you are allergic to benzocaine, sorbic acid, or any of the other listed ingredients. Do not use this product if you have been told by your doctor that you have a condition called methemoglobinaemia, which means you have difficulty converting a component of your blood called methaemoglobin into haemoglobin.
Are there any side effects?
Like all medicines, Orajel Extra Strength can have side effects, although not everyone will experience them. These include:
- Signs of allergic reaction, e.g. burning, stinging, itching, rash
- Skin irritation
If you notice these or any other side effects while using this product, then contact your doctor or Chemist 4 U pharmacist immediately. For more information about reporting side effects, please see the MHRA’s Yellow Card Scheme.
This product is a medicine; make sure to speak to your doctor or Chemist 4 U pharmacist before taking this product if you have an underlying medical problem or are taking any other medicine or complementary therapy. If your symptoms get worse or continue after taking this product, contact us or your doctor. For medical services in your area, please refer to https://www.nhs.uk
If you are pregnant, trying to become pregnant, or breastfeeding, speak to your doctor or our pharmacist before taking this product. If you suffer from any allergies, ask your doctor or our pharmacist if this medicine is right for you.
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Please read the included leaflet carefully before using this product.
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