Topical Anesethics Lawsuit
FDA Warns of Life Threatening Side Effects
FDA Warns of Life Threatening Side Effects Associated with Topical Anesethics
In February 2007, FDA issued a Public Health Advisory- Life-Threatening Side Effects with the use of Skin Products Containing Numbing Ingredients for Cosmetic Procedures -that described the deaths of 2 young women who used topical anesthetics prior to laser hair removal. Now, the FDA has become aware that lidocaine, a type of topical anesthetic, was studied to see if it may reduce discomfort during breast mammography.
During the study, the topical product was spread over a wide area and covered with plastic wrap. Although no serious side-effects were reported in this study, it was not large enough to evaluate whether uncommon but serious reactions could occur with this use.
Topical anesthetics work by blocking pain sensation in the skin. Some of the medication in a topical anesthetic can pass through the skin into the blood stream. More of the medication will pass into the blood stream if the topical anesthetic is applied over a large area of the skin, if a large amount is applied, if it is applied to irritated or broken skin, or if the skin temperature increases. Skin temperature can increase during exercise, by covering the skin with a wrap, or with use of a heating pad. Under these circumstances, the amount of anesthetic medication that reaches the blood stream is unpredictable and may be high enough to cause life-threatening adverse effects such as irregular heartbeat, seizures, breathing difficulties, coma and even death.
JAN-16-09: Potential Hazards of Skin Products Containing Numbing Ingredients [FDA: HAZARDS OF SKIN PRODUCTS CONTAINING TOPICAL ANESETHETICS]
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