To read or NOT to Read, that is a silly question

Good day everyone,

Well  as I sit here many miles on the other side of the blue marble I look at our site and wonder…WTH am I gonna write about?!

We are  medical MC and we all have different ideas, do I write about motorcycle maintenance…ummm honestly I am the last guy you want me to put a wrench to your bike. It would go something like “umm handle bars connected to the fork thingy, the tires go round and round…screw it lets ride!”

I know medicine and legally we are not gonna give you medical advice <thats for your doctor to prescribe AND THAT IS NOT DOCTOR GOGGLE>. Again I am the last guy you want advice from…ok maybe not the last guy you wan’t to see since the place I am at, you yell Medic and you will definitely be glad to see me.

So what to do?

Well let’s get to some basics, READ! Read your labels people.  I know it frustrated the hell out my family when I got to go get medicine because I read the labels on the medication.

So I challenge you:  your itty bitty (that means kid in cool guy medical terms) is sick and you go down to your local Super Mega Store!!! And there it is, the aisle of your salvation, the cornucopia of pharmaceutical remedies, and strike up the angelic music of salvation! My lil mini-me got tooth pain because he finally growing those magnificent pearly white and now drooling like a pubescent who just seen his first pair of boobies (ok I digress) and you want to sleep…I mean ensure your little ones can rest and not suffer. OH look! What this, gum numbing, teeth growing in your baby, this will help medication…oh hell yes please and thank you! TAKE MY MONEY!!

You get home, rub juniors gum and Ahhhh, peace. BUT WAIT!!!!!! Mini-me not looking so good, he turning..grey, blue, Hell I don’t know what color it is, it’s not PINK!!!! He is getting drowsy (we call that lethargic or how you feel without coffee or during reallly long power point). What to do, what to…CALL 911!

Here is what going on (Thanks Dice, now that I am freaking out over something that seemed like a nice easy intro), The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning consumers to immediately stop using benzocaine-containing over-the-counter drug products, including those used to treat teething pain, in infants and children under 2 years of age as they can pose a “serious risk.” Signs and symptoms of methemoglobinemia may appear within a few minutes to 2 hours after use, and can occur after a first-time use or after multiple exposures. Symptoms include pale, gray- or blue-colored skin, lips, and nail beds; shortness of breath; fatigue; headache; lightheadedness; and rapid heart rate. “If any of these symptoms occur after using benzocaine, the person should receive medical attention immediately,” the agency said. Benzocaine is also used in products to treat sore throats, canker sores, and other oral irritations. It is sold as gels, sprays, ointments, and lozenges. Some of the more common brand names are Anbesol, Baby Orajel, Cepacol, Chloraseptic, Hurricaine, Orabase, Orajel, and Topex. Prescription local anesthetics include articaine, bupivacaine, chloroprocaine, lidocaine, mepivacaine, prilocaine, ropivacaine, and tetracaine.”

Given the accumulating evidence regarding benzocaine’s association with methemoglobinemia, we are taking necessary action to work with industry to discontinue the distribution and sale of over-the-counter benzocaine oral health products intended for teething pain, and add warning information about methemoglobinemia and a contraindication against use for teething pain and against use in children under two years of age to the remaining oral health care drug products containing benzocaine,” Janet Woodcock, MD, director of the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, said in the news release. “As part of the action, the agency is also requiring that prescription local anesthetics add updated warnings about their risk of this condition.”

OK, now since 1971 there been 400 cases, that only ….(counting on fingers and toes) maybe 10 cases a year BUT those are the ones the Center knows about.  DICE said to get rid of this evil in our house!!   NO NO NO!  What I am saying is now you are educated and hopefully read some of this (high 5 if you made it to the bottom of this blog) and KNOWING IS HALF THE BATTLE  GOOOOO JO.. Sorry got carried away.

But seriously, read the labels on stuff and also when one of us shows up after you called 911, take a deep breath (well sure you would be freaking out and hyperventilating)  and TELL US WHAT HAPPENED and what going on. It is important, because we need to relay that information on to the next level of care AND figure out our Plan.


So I had a lot more but as I read this I WENT WAYYYYYYYY off track but let bring it back on the center line shall we.

Read the labels, read the warnings, and make a decision. Just be mindful and stay vigilant.

You wouldn’t ride your motorcycle without paying attention to those cagers around you, right?! Because we know those cars are not paying attention to us so we stay vigilant.

Well thanks for sticking it out and reading all the way to the bottom, keep 2 wheels on the road!


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