Xylocaine, a topical anesthetic solution used to treat teething pain in babies, has been linked to serious side effects including heart problems, seizure, brain injury and death.
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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.
What is Xylocaine?
Xylocaine (Lidocaine) is a topical anesthetic numbing medication that works by blocking nerve signals in the body. The drug is primarily used by chemotherapy patients and others undergoing medical procedures. Xylocaine is made by AstraZeneca, and was approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in November 1948.
Oral Xylocaine for Teething Linked to Serious Side Effects: FDA Warning
Oral viscous Xylocaine 2% solution should never used to treat infants and children with teething pain because of serious potential health risks, according to an FDA warning issued June 26, 2014. The agency reviewed 22 reports of serious adverse reactions, including deaths, in children who were given oral viscous lidocaine 2% solution to treat mouth pain, including teething and stomatitis, or who had accidental ingestions.
"Topical pain relievers and medications that are rubbed on the gums are not necessary or even useful because they wash out of the baby's mouth within minutes,” FDA said. “When too much viscous lidocaine is given to infants and young children or they accidentally swallow too much, it can result in seizures, severe brain injury, and problems with the heart. Cases of overdose due to wrong dosing or accidental ingestion have resulted in infants and children being hospitalized or dying."
As a result of these problems, FDA required that a black box warning be added to the Xylocaine prescribing information.
Xylocaine Side Effects
- Brain injury
- Heart problems
- Heart attack
- Methemoglobinemia (blood disorder in which an abnormal amount of methemoglobinemia -- a form of hemoglobin -- is produced)
- Drug toxicity
- Nerve damage
AAP Recommendations on Teething Pain Treatment
FDA warns that healthcare professionals should not prescribe oral xylocaine for teething pain, and suggests that parents follow the American Academy of Pediatrics’ (AAP) recommendations, which include:
- Use of a teething ring that has been chilled in a refrigerator; do not use a frozen ring
- Gently rub or massage the child’s gums with your finger to relieve symptoms
Do I Have a Xylocaine Lawsuit?
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