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Methemoglobinemia Associated with Benzocaine in Over-the-Counter (OTC) Medications

Specialty:

Clinical Pharmacology & Toxicology
Emergency Medicine & Critical Care
Emergency Medicine & Critical Care

Objective:

ICD-10:

Description:

Benzocaine in over-the-counter (OTC) analgesic preparations may cause methemoglobinemia, with some fatalities reported. The methemoglobinemia may occur after the first application of the benzocaine preparation.

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