FDA Issues Warnings for Over-the-Counter Pain-Relief Products Used in Cosmetic Procedures

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

If you are considering using over-the-counter topical pain-relief products for cosmetic procedures, such as microdermabrasion treatments, laser hair removal, tattoos and piercings, you may want to think twice before doing so. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued warning letters to six companies for marketing unapproved, misbranded products with higher-than-allowed concentrations of lidocaine. These products pose unacceptable risks to consumers and should not be on the market.

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. 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.

It is important to be aware of the products in question and their potential dangers. Some examples include 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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