FDA Warns Against Using Unapproved Cosmetic Products with Excessive Lidocaine Content

FDA cautions that widely used pain-relief creams could present serious health hazards

If you regularly undergo cosmetic procedures such as microdermabrasion treatments, laser hair removal, tattoos, or piercings, there is an important warning from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that you should be aware of. The FDA has issued warning letters to six companies for selling unapproved and misbranded products with higher-than-allowed concentrations of lidocaine, a local anesthetic.

The potential harm posed by these products was emphasized by Jill Furman, director of the Office of Compliance in the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. She stated that these products should not be on the market due to their excessive lidocaine content, which can lead to serious side effects such as irregular heartbeat, seizures, and breathing difficulties, especially when used on a large area of skin or irritated skin.

To prevent adverse effects, the FDA recommends avoiding products containing more than 4% lidocaine, refraining from usage on large areas of skin, and avoiding wrapping the product with dressings or plastic wraps. Some of the products cited by the FDA in their warning include TKTX Numb Maximum Strength Pain Reliever, NumbSkin Lidocaine Numbing Creams

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