Are Benzocaine Products Safe?

by Savitha C Muppala on  April 26, 2011 at 11:56 PM Drug News   - G J E 4
Following reports about the adverse reactions to pain relievers, Health Canada is now evaluating the safety of benzocaine products.
 Are Benzocaine Products Safe?
Are Benzocaine Products Safe?

Benzocaine is found in some of the commonly used over-the-counter creams such as anti-itch creams, sprays to alleviate pain from sore throats and creams to reduce pain of burns, and hemorrhoids.

Benzocaine is also found in mouth gels which can relieve toothache. They are also employed during dental procedures to make the mouth and throat numb.

There are some risks with the use of topical benzocaine products, and one of them which is rare yet serious is a blood condition known as methomoglobinemia. Methemoglobinemia is a serious condition, when red blood cells are unable to deliver oxygen throughout the body.

Those sensitive to benzocaine products must watch for symptoms of breathlessness, headache, confusion, and nausea.

Source: Medindia

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Importantly, for couples using certain intimacy products, benzocaine is also the active ingredient in most climax control condoms, male climax control creams, delay gels and prolong sprays. Benzocaine, a local anesthetic, is occasionally used to numb the male's genitals [as a desensitizer] to help them last longer in bed with the intent of having longer lasting male performance and extended pleasure. However, therapists agree that intimacy products which contain benzocaine, often reduce sensation, pleasure and overall satisfaction for both partners, and thus are not recommended. Benzocaine coming in contact with oral mucosa is a particular safety concern during intimacy. The preferred scientific method to help men last longer in bed actually increases male climax control by modulation of brain serotonin and dopamine levels. Since 2001, Deferol capsules, the original serotonergic climax control supplement for men, are available from major online pharmacies without a prescription. This pharmacist-designed dietary supplement is known to naturally prolong extended pleasure, enhance intimacy and male performance without causing numbing effects. Most importantly, men taking Deferol capsules avoid the safety concerns involving benzocaine-containing products, since they can use a regular latex condom (that does not contain benzocaine) for STD protection. Protect yourself and your partner. Love safely, Therapist POV
Therapist-POV Wednesday, April 27, 2011

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