Topical pain reduction products
Below is an alphabetical list (NOT a ranking) of many of the more common topical pain reduction products. Many of these are made by "mom and pop" operations, so I have also narrowed these to a recommended list, discussed on the following pages:
A pain medication which works perfectly for one consumer may not work at all for another.
I make absolutely no guarantee that any product mentioned in this section will work for you or will work better or worse for you than another product.
For details, see my Pain management intro page.
Because price and effectiveness vary wildly, I have marked recommended products as follows:
= good effectiveness
$ = good value
Rx = prescription (might be covered on insurance)
|Ametop $ (1)||T 4%||gel||Smith & Nephew|
|Anesthall||L 1%, B 11%||liquid||2.13oz|
|Anodyne Rx||L 5%, T 5%||gel||1.00g||Allied Health|
|Assist II –||liquid||1.81oz|
|Betacaine Rx (2)||cream||Theraderm|
|Biofreeze||M 3.5%; C 0.2%||liquid||1.09oz||Biofreeze|
|ELA-Max||L 4%||cream||1.11g||Ferndale Labs|
|ELA-Max 5 $||L 5%||cream||1.31g||Ferndale Labs|
|EMLA Rx $||L 2.5%, P 2.5%||cream||Astrazenica|
|Eutectic LA (2)||Theraderm|
|Medigel L||L 4%, M||gel||10.50oz||Maxxim|
|Mento-kaine||B 20%, Ph, C, M||liquid||1.81oz|
|Prepcaine||L 2%, B 2%||40.00oz|
|Stud spray (3)||L 9.6%||spray||27.43oz|
|Sustaine||L 4% T 2% E .02%||gel||35.00oz|
|Trio||L T B||cream||40oz|
* Active ingredient abbreviations:
T = tetracaine (amethocaine)
L = lidocaine (lignocaine)
P = prilocaine
B = benzocaine
E = epinephrine
M = menthol
C = camphor
Ph = Phenol
(1) Not available in the US at this time.
(2) Betacaine was formerly called Eutectic LA
(3) This product is designed to help males maintain stamina during intercourse, but its strength makes it a useful anesthetic for other purposes.