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FDA warns consumers against using benzocaine products

from American Dental Association

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a safety announcement May 23 warning consumers not to use teething products containing benzocaine in infants and children younger than 2 years. The announcement updates previous FDA Drug Safety Communications reporting benzocaine’s association with methemoglobinemia, a disorder in which the amount of oxygen carried through the blood stream is greatly reduced. more

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