warning about the use of OTC oral benzocaine gels or liquids (Anbesol, Orajel, etc) in children under age 2

FDA is now warning about the use of OTC oral benzocaine gels or liquids (Anbesol, Orajel, etc) in children under age 2.

These products are often used for teething pain, canker sores, etc.

Benzocaine can cause methemoglobinemia...leading to cyanosis, shortness of breath, and even death. This is very rare...but it can happen rapidly and it's not possible to predict who will get it.

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