FDA Warns Six Companies for Marketing Misbranded, Dangerous Numbing Creams and Sprays

Popular Pain-Relief Creams Pose Dangerous Health Risks, FDA Warns

If you’re looking to alleviate some of the pain associated with cosmetic procedures, you may want to keep reading this. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued warning letters to six companies for marketing unapproved, misbranded products with higher-than-allowed concentrations of lidocaine. This comes after the FDA has sounded the alarm on popular over-the-counter topical pain-relief products over potentially dangerous side effects. These products pose unacceptable risks to consumers and should not be on the market. The FDA is committed to using all available tools to stop the sale of these illegal high-risk products.

The problem with these products is that they have too much lidocaine, which can cause serious side effects like an irregular heartbeat, seizures, and breathing issues. Furthermore, if used on a large portion of skin or irritated skin, it can cause serious injury. If you are going to use a product containing local anesthetics, the FDA recommends not using anything containing more than 4% lidocaine, not using it on large areas of skin, and not wrapping the product onto the skin with dressings or plastic wraps.

The FDA’s warning applies to several brands of numbing creams and sprays such as TKTX Numb Maximum Strength Pain Reliever, TKTX During Procedure Numbing Gel and J-CAIN cream, NumbSkin Lidocaine Numbing Creams, Signature Tattoo Numbing Cream and Miracle Numb Spray, Painless Tattoo Numbing Cream and Painless Tattoo Numbing Spray, New & Improved Blue Gel, Superior Super Juice, Premium Pro Plus, Five-Star Vasocaine and Maximum Zone 1

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