Benzocaine Topical Products come in many forms and may be purchased over-the-counter as a pain reliever, or administered as a numbing agent during surgical procedures. However, recent reports suggest that the use of Benzocaine, in any form, may lead to the development of methemoglobinemia, a severe, life-threatening blood disorder.

Do I Have a Benzocaine Lawsuit? Collen A. Clark is a true advocate for his clients and is passionate about helping Texans that have been injured or wronged. If you or a loved one have taken Benzocaine and been diagnosed with methemoglobinemia, you should contact our lawyers immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a Benzocaine lawsuit.


June 5, 2012 — The FDA has just issued a new consumer update to warn parents not to give benzocaine products to children under two years old. Since the FDA issued its first warning in 2006, there have been 29 reports of methemoglobinemia, 19 of which occurred in children. Many parents give their children benzocaine while teething to soothe the child’s pain. Unfortunately, one side effect is methemoglobinemia, a blood disorder that can cause tissue damage, brain damage, and even death. A few products containing benzocaine include: Anbesol, Hurricaine, Orajel, Baby Orajel, and Orabase.

Benzocaine Overview

Benzocaine Topical Products are used in a wide variety of of treatments. Surgeons administer Benzocaine in a spray form to numb the mucous membranes of the mouth and throat. However, Benzocaine is also available over-the-counter in a gel and liquid form that helps alleviate the pain of teething, canker sores, and irritation of the mouth and gums.

Unfortunately, the use of Benzocaine has been linked to serious adverse health effects. Mounting empirical evidence suggests that patients who use, or are administered, Benzocaine may develop methemoglobinemia, a potentially fatal blood disorder.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) believes that the use of Benzocaine poses a serious risk to those who use it. In fact, the FDA issued a press release that notified healthcare professionals and patients of the dangers associated with Benzocaine.


Methemoglobinemia is a rare, but serious condition in which the amount of oxygen carried through the blood stream is greatly reduced. In the most severe cases, methemoglobinemia can result in death. Patients who develop methemoglobinemia may experience the following symptoms:

  • A severe lack of color in the skin
  • Bluish discoloration of the skin
  • Headaches
  • Lightheadedness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fatigue
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Death

Do I Have a Benzocaine Lawsuit?

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