I remember how great Solarcaine was when I was young. It was the difference in being in serious sunburn pain or being able to sleep. Back then it contained Benzocaine which is good for pain and itching caused by sunburn, other minor burns, insect bites or stings, poison ivy, poison oak, poison sumac, minor cuts or scratches. It was available without a prescription and made by Plough Inc, founded in Memphis (1908), by Abe Plough.

They would merge with the Schering Corporation in 1971. They made other products such as Clarinex, Famvir, Intron A, Levitra, Nasonex, Afrin, Claritin, Correctol and Coppertone. Mother always had Solarcaine in the closet or in our vacation luggage. Later, I would always keep it handy on my fishing trips. You can still buy it, but they sold it to Bayer who uses lidocaine, and I saw a lot of complaints on how it doesn’t work like in the past. I haven’t needed any in years so I don’t have an opinion.

Author: Doyle

I was born in Atlanta, moved to Alpharetta at 4, lived there for 53 years and moved to Decatur in 2016. I've worked at such places as Richway, North Fulton Medical Center, Management Science America (Computer Tech/Project Manager) and Stacy's Compounding Pharmacy (Pharmacy Tech).

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