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Orajel is a topical anesthetic that is often used to relieve mouth pain, toothaches, or cold sores. Typically, Orajel contains benzocaine as the active ingredient. Orajel is a pregnancy category C drug, which means that we don’t have any data on its potential problems in humans. Practitioners would typically use these medications, if necessary, for the expectant mother. In general, you should not treat problems like mouth pain, toothaches, or cold sores for more than 7 days with nonprescription products. If you find that your problem is not resolved, then you should consult your primary care doctor.

There have been rare reports of serious problems with individuals who apply benzocaine topically in large amounts or have left these products on for long periods of time. As with any nonprescription product, please follow the directions on the label and do not deviate from the instructions on how much or how often the product should be applied. It should generally be safe for a pregnant woman to use a product like Orajel, if used as directed, topically, for a short period of time.

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