FDA MedWatch Alert: Benzocaine Topical Products have been repeatedly linked to reports of methemoglobinemia, a serious and potentially fatal adverse effect. Consumers who use benzocaine gels or liquids are encouraged to talk to their healthcare professional about the risks vs. rewards of using these products.
Update: Teething Tablets linked to 10 Children’s Deaths, Hundreds of Injuries
October 13, 2016 – At least 400 adverse event reports — including the deaths of 10 children — have been linked to the use of homeopathic teething tablets, according to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA). The agency warned caregivers to stop using the products and to take their child to a doctor immediately if he or she experiences problems.
Free Benzocaine Lawsuit Case Evaluation: If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with methemoglobinemia after using Benzocaine topical products, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit and we can help.
What’s the problem?
April 7, 2011 – The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) today released a press release notifying the medical community and public that it had received numerous reports of methemoglobinemia associated with a number of benzocaine sprays, gels and liquids. Benzocaine sprays are typically used during medical procedures to numb the mucous membranes of the mouth and throat. The gels and liquids are sold over-the-counter and used to relieve pain from a variety of conditions, such as teething, canker sores, and irritation of the mouth and gums.
Methemoglobinemia is a rare but extremely serious blood disorder in which an abnormal amount of hemoglobin – the oxygen-carrying molecule found in red blood cells – builds up in the blood and is unable to carry oxygen efficiently to body tissues. Signs & symptoms include (but are not limited to):
- Bluish coloring of the skin
- Shortness of breath
- Lack of energy
Severe methemoglobinemia patients may experience dysrhythmias, seizures, coma and even death. Click here to learn more about methemoglobinemia from PubMed Health.
Do I have a Benzocaine Lawsuit?
The Product Liability & Defective Drug Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Benzocaine lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new methemoglobinemia cases in all 50 states.