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ANCHOR LEAD: CREAMS AND GELS THAT DEADEN PAIN CAN BE DEADLY THEMSELVES, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS

Medications that can be applied to the skin to reduce pain are helpful for cosmetic procedures as well as IV placements or injections, but the FDA has recently warned of two deaths related to their use.  Two women applied the creams to their legs and then wrapped their legs with plastic wrap to keep the medication on.  Both died.  Rebecca Kazin, director of the Johns Hopkins Cosmetic Center at Greenspring, says caution is needed.

KAZIN:  Physicians should be aware of this and you really have to monitor.  We’ve been monitoring and have modified our practices for our more invasive resurfacing procedures such as the fractionated light procedure.  We do not do more than one treatment area at a time because we are using 30% lidocaine.  There has been a case report out of UCLA of somebody getting mild lidocaine toxicity with just some blood pressure instability and perioral tingling from getting 30% lidocaine over a larger area so practitioners need to be aware of this.                         :31

Some of these medications are available without a prescription.  I’m Elizabeth Tracey reporting.

 


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