Who hasn’t experienced the nagging and discomfort effects of a toothache or cold sores? Unfortunately they are those nuisances in life that we have to deal with. It’s like that fly that buzzes around you and invites you to swipe it. A product that I have discovered that makes these dental aggravations somewhat more tolerable is Anbesol Maximum Strength Gel.
The front cover is layered in colors of midnight blue, yellow, white, red and maroon. The word Anbesol stands out in large white letters. This product is an oral anesthetic with 20% benzocaine in it. The words maximum strength stand out boldly with the official physician’s staff saying it is doctor recommended. This product claims to be an instant pain relief medication for toothaches, gum pain, canker sores, and denture pain. It is packaged in a small tube. The net weight is .33 ounces of 9 grams. The tube is safely wrapped in a plastic casing further protecting the contents. In order to further maintain the integrity of the product a safety seal covers the actual product. You are encouraged not to use if the tip is cut prior to opening.
On the back are the drug facts. Benzocaine is listed as being at 20%. The purpose of the Anbesol is for use as an oral anesthetic. The uses are reiterated as temporarily relieving the pain associated with toothache, sore gums, canker sores, braces, minor dental procedures and dentures.
There is a an allergy alert telling the consumer not to use this product if you have a history of allergic reaction to local anesthetics such as procaine, butacaine, benzocaine, or other “caine” anesthetics.
You should be careful not to get this medication in your eyes. The recommended dosage should be strictly adhered to. Unless a doctor or dentist recommends or directs use for more than 7 days, stop using it.
If your symptoms show no signs of improvement in 7 days or less you should notify a doctor. Additionally if there are signs of worsening conditions such as rash, fever, or any such things, see a doctor.
Like all medications this one should be kept out of the reach of children. If a child accidentally swallows a portion you should seek immediate medical attention or contact a Poison Control Center right away.
Instructions of how to cut the top of the inside tubing top is given. Detailed and explicit directions are clearly written about the proper dosage based on age as well as the correct usage of this product. Be sure to take the time and read carefully. This should not be refrigerated but stored between 20-25 degrees Celsius or 68-77 degrees Fahrenheit.
Some of the inactive ingredients are benzyl alcohol, carbomer 934P, glycerin, and saccharin.
This product is manufactured by Wyeth Consumer Healthcare in Madison, NJ. Their website is www.anbesol.com.
After opening the package you have to snip off the tip of the inside tube which is very easily done. The medication is reddish orange in appearance. It is only necessary to apply a thin layer to the affected area. It is similar in taste to the product that is used when going to the dentist for a check-up and cleaning. It has somewhat of a gritty texture and taste. The outer top removes easily and should be placed back on the tube when finished using it. It is in gel form. The tube itself is light weight and duplicates most of the information from the outer paperboard packaging.
Anbesol is the product that I use when I experience oral-hygiene related problems. When used according to recommended dosage, relief comes within a day or two. I believe it does a superior job.