Benzocaine Problems

The FDA has issued a warning for benzocaine products over concerns that it may cause methemoglobinemia, a dangerous blood disorder in which abnormal amounts of hemoglobin build up in the patient’s blood.

For clarity, this is a warning. The FDA will continue to evaluate benzocaine products. The take home message is don’t use benzociane – spray, gel or liquid, whatever – on children under two years old, unless it is under the advice and supervision of a healthcare professional (for my money, I would narrow that to doctor). The FDA is also saying benzocaine should be kept away from children to avoid accidental usage. In addition, consumers have been urged to store products out of the reach of children.

Benzocaine gels and liquids are sold over-the-counter under different brand names such as Orabase, Anbesol, Hurricaine, Orajel, and Baby Orajel. Benzocaine is also available under a lot of store brands. Beyond that, you can find Benzocaine in other forms, such as lozenges and spray solutions.

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