Dangerous Cosmetic Procedures: Beware of Over-the-Counter Topical Pain-Relief Products with High Lidocaine Concentrations

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

If you have undergone cosmetic procedures like microdermabrasion treatments, laser hair removal, tattoos and piercings, you may want to be aware of the potential dangers of using over-the-counter topical pain-relief products. 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 contain too much lidocaine, which can cause serious side effects like an irregular heartbeat, seizures, and breathing issues. Additionally, if used on a large portion of skin or irritated skin, it can cause serious injury. If you are going to use 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.

The FDA has warned against using several specific products that contain high concentrations of lidocaine: 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

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