ORAQIX- lidocaine and prilocaine gel
Dentsply Pharmaceutical


Oraqix is an amide local anesthetic indicated for adults who require localized anesthesia in periodontal pockets during scaling and/or root planing.


2.1 General Dosing Information

DO NOT INJECT [see Warnings and Precautions (5.2)]

Apply Oraqix on the gingival margin around the selected teeth using the blunt-tipped applicator included in the package and the dispenser, which is sold separately. Wait 30 seconds, and then fill the periodontal pockets with Oraqix using the blunt-tipped applicator until the gel becomes visible at the gingival margin. Wait another 30 seconds before starting treatment. A longer waiting time does not enhance the anesthesia. Anesthetic effect, as assessed by probing of pocket depths, has a duration of approximately 20 minutes (individual overall range 14–31 minutes). If the anesthesia starts to wear off, Oraqix may be re-applied if needed. Typically, one cartridge (1.7g) or less of Oraqix will be sufficient for one quadrant of the dentition.

When administered, Oraqix should be a liquid. If it has formed a gel, it should be placed in a refrigerator (do not freeze) until it becomes a liquid again. When in the liquid state, the air bubble visible in the cartridge will move if the cartridge is tilted.

2.2 Maximum Recommended Dosage

The maximum recommended dose of Oraqix at one treatment session is 5 cartridges, i.e., 8.5g gel.


Periodontal gel containing: lidocaine 25 mg/mL and prilocaine 25 mg/mL. Each cartridge contains 1.7 mL (42.5 mg of lidocaine and 42.5 mg of prilocaine).


Oraqix is contraindicated in patients with a known history of hypersensitivity to local anesthetics of the amide type or to any other component of the product.


5.1 Methemoglobinemia

Cases of methemoglobinemia have been reported in association with local anesthetic use. Although all patients are at risk for methemoglobinemia, patients with glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency, congenital or idiopathic methemoglobinemia, cardiac or pulmonary compromise, infants under 6 months of age, and concurrent exposure to oxidizing agents or their metabolites are more susceptible to developing clinical manifestations of the condition. If local anesthetics must be used in these patients, close monitoring for symptoms and signs of methemoglobinemia is recommended.

Signs of methemoglobinemia may occur immediately or may be delayed some hours after exposure and are characterized by a cyanotic skin discoloration and/or abnormal coloration of the blood. Methemoglobin levels may continue to rise; therefore, immediate treatment is required to avert more serious central nervous system and cardiovascular adverse effects, including seizures, coma, arrhythmias, and death. Discontinue ORAQIX and any other oxidizing agents. Depending on the severity of the signs and symptoms, patients may respond to supportive care, i.e., oxygen therapy, hydration. A more severe clinical presentation may require treatment with methylene blue, exchange transfusion, or hyperbaric oxygen.


Oraqix should not be used with standard dental syringes. Only use this product with the Oraqix blunt-tipped applicator and the dispenser which is available from DENTSPLY Pharmaceutical.

5.3 Allergic/anaphylactic reactions

Allergic and anaphylactic reactions associated with lidocaine or prilocaine in Oraqix can occur. These reactions may be characterized by urticaria, angioedema, bronchospasm, and shock. If these reactions occur they should be managed by conventional means.

5.4 Avoid Contact with Eyes

Oraqix coming in contact with the eye should be avoided because animal studies have demonstrated severe eye irritation. A loss of protective reflexes may allow corneal irritation and potential abrasion. If eye contact occurs, immediately rinse the eye with water or saline and protect it until normal sensation returns. In addition, the patient should be evaluated by an ophthalmologist, as indicated.

5.5 History of Drug Sensitivity

Patients allergic to paraminobenzoic acid derivatives (procaine, tetracaine, benzocaine, etc.) have not shown cross sensitivity to lidocaine and/or prilocaine. However, Oraqix should be used with caution in patients with a history of drug sensitivities, especially if the etiologic agent is uncertain.

5.6 Severe Hepatic Disease

Patients with severe hepatic disease, because of their inability to metabolize local anesthetics normally, are at greater risk of developing toxic plasma concentrations of lidocaine and prilocaine.


6.1 Clinical Studies Experience

Because clinical trials are conducted under widely varying conditions, adverse reaction rates observed in the clinical trials of a drug can not be directly compared to rates in the clinical trials of another drug and may not reflect the rates observed in practice.

Although no major differences in adverse events between Oraqix and placebo-treated subjects were observed, all patients in the placebo-controlled studies received either Oraqix or a placebo gel (consisting of the vehicle in Oraqix without lidocaine or prilocaine). Therefore, it is not possible to determine if adverse events in each treatment group were attributable to the inactive ingredients comprising the Oraqix or vehicle or if adverse event rates were higher than expected background rates. Therefore, a causal relationship between the reported adverse reactions and Oraqix could neither be established nor ruled out.

Following SRP treatment with Oraqix in 391 patients, the most frequent adverse events were local reactions in the oral cavity (see following table). These events, which occurred in approximately 15% of patients, included pain, soreness, irritation, numbness, vesicles, ulcerations, edema and/or redness in the treated area. Of the 391 patients treated with Oraqix, five developed ulcerative lesions and two developed vesicles of mild to moderate severity near the site of SRP. In addition, ulcerative lesions in or near the treated area were also reported for three out of 168 patients who received placebo. Other symptoms reported in more than one patient were headache, taste perversion, nausea, fatigue, flu, respiratory infection, musculoskeletal pain and accident/injury.

Table 1. Number (percent) of patients with adverse events occurring in more than one patient in any of the treatment groups.
Each patient is counted only once per adverse event. The occurrence in a single patient is included in this table if the same symptom has been seen in at least one patient in another group.
System Organ Class PreferredTerm Oraqix gel *(N=391)n(%) Placebo gel *(N=168)n(%) Lidocaine injection *(N=170)n(%)
in a cross-over study, 170 subjects received either Oraqix or lidocaine injection 2% in each test period
includes complaints of bad or bitter taste lasting for up to 4 hours after administration of Oraqix
i.e. symptoms in the oral cavity
includes pain, soreness, irritation, numbness, ulcerations, vesicles, edema, abscess and/or redness in the treated area
Muscular-Skeletal System Disorders Myalgia 1(0) 2(1)
Arthralgia and/or Arthropathy 1(0) 1(1)
Central & Peripheral Nervous System Disorders
Headache 8(2) 3(2) 5(3)
Dizziness 1(0) 1(1) 1(1)
Special Senses Other, Disorders Taste Perversion 8(2) 1(1)
Gastro-Intestinal System Disorders Nausea 3(1) 1(1)
Respiratory System Disorders Respiratory Infection 2(1) 1(1)
Rhinitis 2(1)
Body as a whole-General Disorders Accident and/or Injury 2(1) 2(1)
Fatigue 3(1) 2(1)
Flu-Like Disorder 2(1)
Pain (remote from application site) 1(0) 1(1) 1(1)
Application Site Disorders Anesthesia Local 2(1)
Application Site Reaction § 52(13) 20(12)

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