FDA warns on topical anesthetics
This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet
The agency advises consumers that lidocaine, tetracaine and other anesthetic drugs contained in skin-numbing products can reach the bloodstream and may cause life-threatening side effects. FDA's Jan. 16 public health advisory recommends that consumers looking at OTC or prescription topical anesthetics choose a product "that contains the lowest amount possible of medication that will relieve the pain" and apply it sparingly
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