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July 26, 2012 / Brandon Brouillette

FDA Reissues Warning Not to Use Baby Pain Gels Containing Benzocaine

On May 31, 2012, the US Food and Drug Administration released a consumer update further warning consumers not to use baby pain gels containing benzocaine.

Benzocaine is a local anesthetic commonly found in over the counter products such as Anbesol, Hurricaine, Orajel, Baby Orajel, and Orabase. Parents should be warned that using any such products to temporarily relieve sore gums for teething babies, particularly if age 2 or under, can lead to rare but possibly fatal condition called methemeglobinemia. The FDA states symptoms of methemoglobinemia include: pale, gray, or blue-colored skin, lips and nail beds; shortness of breath; fatigue; confusion; headache; light-headedness; and, rapid heart rate – and that if symptoms occur after using a product with benzocaine, emergency medical help should be sought immediately.

Manufacturers of these products may be liable for personal injuries suffered if they failed to warn of the dangerous side effects of benzocaine in their products. If you or someone you know has a child that may have suffered injuries from the side effects of products containing benzocaine, it is recommended legal counsel be sought immediately.

Please contact the attorneys at Khorrami, LLP for a free confidential consultation.



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