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Who should not use topical anesthetics?

If you are allergic to anything found in the medication, do not use the topical treatment. Children and elderly patients can use topical anesthetics, but only under close supervision as they may react negatively to the medication. Certain medical conditions and medications may increase the risk for complications associated with topical anesthetics. Medical conditions include: breastfeeding, pregnancy, infection by the place of application or broken skin by the place of application. You may not be able to use topical anesthetics with certain foods, alcohol or tobacco. Before you begin using this or any other medication, speak with your doctor or pharmacist about the risk for interactions.

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