The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned consumers that topical pain relievers like IcyHot might cause skin injuries.
What Are Topical Pain Relievers?
Not all pain is easily soothed by oral pain killers, and people who suffer localized pain for reasons such as muscle soreness or arthritis sometimes want more direct relief. That opical pain relievers, which are sold over the counter as creams, ointments, lotions, and patches containing menthol, methyl salicylate, or capsaicin. These chemicals produce a warm or cool sensation after application. Examples of topical pain relievers include: IcyHot, Bengay, Capzasin, Flexall and Mentholatum.
On September 13, 2012 the FDA issued a drug safety communication warning consumers that topical pain relievers might cause severe adverse skin reactions. These skin injury side effects occurred within 24 hours of use and often the first time the product was used and included: burning pain, swelling, blistering and first to third degree burns.
The FDA added that the number of cases is very small compared to the number of people who have used topical pain relievers. The agency does not believe that topical pain relievers pose a major risk to consumers, but the risk nevertheless exists. Those injured might be able to sue the manufacturer for compensation.
If you or a loved one has used a topical pain reliever and sustained an injury contact the Law Office of Jack Stuart Beige & Associates, P.C. to discuss your rights and options with one of our attorneys.