FDA Warns Consumers About Possible Harm Of Such Teeth Anesthetics As "Orajel" Due To The Presence Of Dangerous Chemical

Date May 28, 2018

Local teeth anesthetics can contain a deadly dose of a chemical substance called benzocaine. Even if the label includes subtitle “baby,” there is still a chance of the harmful agent to be present in the medication.

The Food and Drug Administration has recently warned consumers about the risk present in local teeth anesthetics. If similar medication is applied to children under the age of two, there are chances the dose to be deadly for the baby. 

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Benzocaine is widely used to calm the sore gums, throat, and different kinds of oral irritations. However, the use of the chemical substance can reduce the amount of oxygen carried through the blood. The condition received name methemoglobinemia and can be a cause of life-threatening outcome and even death. Moreover, the FDA concluded no demonstrated benefit was observed during the substance analyses. The research has shown the anesthetics presence in the products of such companies as Orajel, Cepacol, Chloraseptic, Anbesol, Hurricaine, Orabase, and Topex.

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Well, one must take care of the children and be extremely cautious with such products.

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Before using the medication, it is necessary to consult a doctor to find out if there is a real reason to apply it.

Apart from that, be attentive while reading the contents – such substances as benzocaine can be of real danger to you and your beloved ones.

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