In its latest consumer update, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has reiterated earlier warnings about a rare and sometimes fatal condition, which has been linked to the use of benzocaine-containing liquids and gels.
Benzocaine is a local anesthetic found in certain over-the-counter products such as Anbesol, Hurricaine, Orajel, Baby Orajel, and Orabase. The use of these types of products may lead to a disorder called methemoglobinemia, in which the amount of oxygen carried through the blood stream is greatly reduced. Children under the age of two seem to have the highest risk.
The FDA first warned about the risk in 2006 and again in April 2011. The agency is recommending that parents and caregivers refrain from using products containing benzocaine for children younger than two years old, except under the advice and supervision of a doctor.
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