What is the difference between Anbesol and Orajel?

What is the difference between Anbesol and Orajel?

Anbesol and Orajel are two different brands which offer a wide range of topical medicinal products, like gels, ointments, swabs, topical solutions, etc to relieve dental pain or mouth sores (1,2). 

Some of the products of Anbesol and Orajel might be similar as both Anbesol and Orajel contain Benzocaine as the main active ingredient in their formulations (1,2). 

Benzocaine acts as a local anaesthetic and it numbs down the area of pain to provide maximum pain relief. The percentage of Benzocaine used varies from product to product and it usually lies within the range of 5 to 20%. (1,2)

Some Anbesol and Orajel products contain other active ingredients along with Benzocaine, like Menthol, zinc chloride, etc. They all are intended to be used for pain relief and for the prevention of bacterial infection. 

How to choose between Anbesol and Orajel?

When deciding between Anbesol and Orajel for relieving oral pain or discomfort, consider the following factors: (1,2)

  • Type of pain: Determine the specific type of oral pain or discomfort you are experiencing. Both Anbesol and Orajel are topical oral analgesics, but they may have different formulations for addressing various issues like toothaches, canker sores, or gum irritation.
  • Active ingredients: Check the active ingredients in each product. Anbesol contains benzocaine, while Orajel may contain benzocaine or another numbing agent like lidocaine. Some people may prefer one active ingredient over the other based on their individual sensitivity or effectiveness.
  • Product form: Both Anbesol and Orajel are available in different forms, such as gels, liquids, or creams. Choose the product form that is easiest for you to apply to the affected area.
  • Age restrictions: Pay attention to age restrictions, as some formulations may not be suitable for young children. Always use the product according to the recommended age range specified on the packaging.
  • Medical history: If you have any allergies or medical conditions, check the product’s label for any potential contraindications. If you are uncertain, consult with your healthcare provider before using either product.
  • Personal preference: Some individuals may have a personal preference for one brand over the other based on past experiences or recommendations.

Always follow the instructions on the product label and use the recommended dosage. If your symptoms persist or worsen, or if you have any concerns, seek advice from a healthcare professional for guidance. 

Final words

To sum up, Anbesol and Orajel are different formulations but can be used interchangeably as they contain similar ingredients. However, it’s best to consult with a doctor if you have a dental issue or any other thing for which you wish to use these formulations. 

Both Orajel and Anbesol expire, so make sure you check for drug expiry before using medications to ensure their safety and potency.

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LABEL: ANBESOL MAXIMUM STRENGTH- benzocaine gel. DailyMed [Internet]. Available from: https://dailymed.nlm.nih.gov/dailymed/getFile.cfm?setid=dcc37403-0192-4658-bb7a-059273ce0047&type=pdf


LABEL: ORAJEL INSTANT PAIN RELIEF MAXIMUM STRENGTH- benzocaine gel. DailyMed [Internet]. Available from: https://dailymed.nlm.nih.gov/dailymed/getFile.cfm?setid=1463de61-91ba-4bac-a43a-f0d7ceeee0d0&type=pdf