FDA cautions parents against use of lidocaine for teething pain

June 27, 2014 2:17 PM

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is now requiring a black box warning on viscous lidocaine, emphasizing that it should not be used on infants who are teething. Medpage Today reports that a new boxed warning will be added to labels for 2% oral viscous lidocaine products, which are available by prescription, indicating that such use “can cause serious harm, including death.”

According to Medscape Medical News, the FDA reviewed 22 case reports of serious reactions, including deaths, in infants and young children who were given the lidocaine solution to treat mouth pain or who accidentally ingested it. In particular, where a child was given or accidentally swallowed an ex...

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