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

Unapproved Cosmetic Products: The Dangers of Exceeding Lidocaine Limits

If you’re looking for cosmetic treatments such as microdermabrasion, laser hair removal, tattoos, and piercings, it’s important to be cautious when it comes to the products you use. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued warning letters to six companies for marketing unapproved, misbranded topical pain-relief products with higher-than-allowed concentrations of lidocaine. These products pose an unacceptable risk 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. If used on a large portion of skin or irritated skin, it can also cause serious injury. If you are using 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.

It’s important to note that there are many popular over-the-counter topical pain-relief products on the market that may contain potentially dangerous side effects if used improperly. If you plan on using any of these products in conjunction with your cosmetic treatments or for any other reason, make sure to read their label carefully and follow all instructions provided by the manufacturer. Additionally, if you experience any adverse reactions after using one of these products, seek medical attention immediately.

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