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Generic Name: dibucaine topical (DYE bue kane)
Brand Name: Dibucaine, Nupercainal, Rectacaine
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Drug Information:
Dibucaine is an anesthetic, or numbing medicine. Dibucaine topical (for the skin) is used to treat minor pain and itching caused by minor cuts or burns, insect bites or stings, sunburn, or other skin irritations. Dibucaine topical is also used to relieve rectal pain and itching caused by hemorrhoids or other rectal irritations. Dibucaine topical may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide. Follow all directions on your medicine label and package. Tell each of your healthcare providers about all your medical conditions, allergies, and all medicines you use. Learn more

Dibucaine Side Effects

Dibucaine topical Side Effects

For the Consumer

Applies to dibucaine topical: topical application ointment

Along with its needed effects, dibucaine topical may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur while taking dibucaine topical:

Incidence not known

  • Chest pain
  • fast or irregular heartbeat
  • tightness in the chest
  • unusual warmth or flushing of skin

Some side effects of dibucaine topical may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

Incidence not known

  • Diarrhea
  • eye irritation
  • nausea
  • skin irritation
  • vomiting

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to dibucaine topical: compounding powder, topical cream, topical ointment


General side effects have included methemoglobinemia, irregular heartbeats, seizures, coma, respiratory depression, and death. Children may be at an increased risk for adverse effects, as well as those who apply large amounts of anesthetics (or cover large areas of skin), leave these products on for prolonged periods, or cover with occlusive dressings after application.

Editorial References and Review

Medically reviewed by BestRx Medical Team Last updated on 1/1/2020.

Source: Drugs.com Dibucaine