Warning Issued by FDA Concerning Drug Found in Teething Medications

In a report from Parenting, a warning has been issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) concerning a drug found in common teething medications. Benzocaine is an active ingredient found in many over-the-counter medications and gels that help treat teething pain. Some of the popular brands include Baby Orajel and Anbesol.  While Benzocaine serves as a local anesthetic, aiding in the ability to treat pain, it has also been linked to a serious condition, methemoglobinemia. Although it is rare, methemoglobinemia can still result in death, as it may decrease the amount of oxygen being carried in an individual’s bloodstream.  So far the warning is that parents who have children under the age of 2 should not use these products without first seeking advice from a healthcare provider. There have been 21 cases of methemoglobinemia found in children and adults, with most being in children younger than 2.

Some of the symptoms of methemoglobinemia include:

  • headache;
  • breathing difficulties;
  • confusion;
  • fatigue;
  • discolored skin; and
  • rapid heart beat.

However sometimes there are no symptoms, so consumers need to be aware of the potential risks behind taking this medication.  If a defective drug has caused you or a loved one to suffer injuries, you should immediately speak with a New York defective drug lawyer. You may be able to seek compensation through a claim.

Contacting a New York Defective Drug Lawyer

When you have sustained a serious injury or lost a loved because of a defective drug you are entitled to seek compensation for your damages and suffering. Consulting with a New York defective drug lawyer can help you better understand your rights, determine liability for your injuries, and decide if filing a defective drug claim is right for you. At Gacovino Lake & Associates we have formed a dedicated network of defective drug lawyers to serve clients nationwide. Our New York office serves residents of the 5 boroughs with their auto accident, medical malpractice, defective drug, premises liability, and Workers’ Compensation claims. For experienced help with your defective drug claim, contact us today – 1-800-246-4878.

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