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Ethyl Chloride Side Effects Center
Medical Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP
Ethyl Chloride Topical Anesthetic is a vapocoolant (skin refrigerant) used to prevent pain caused by injections and minor surgical procedures. Ethyl chloride topical anesthetic is also used for the temporary relief of minor sports injuries. The brand name of this medication is discontinued, but generic versions may be available. Side effects are not common with ethyl chloride topical anesthetic; consult your doctor. Tell your doctor if you experience an unlikely but serious side including lasting changes in skin color, pain as skin is thawing, infection at the application site, delayed wound healing, or a serious allergic reaction (rash, itching or swelling [especially of the face/tongue/throat], hives, dizziness, trouble breathing, decreased urination, stomach pain, nausea, or yellowing of the skin or eyes (jaundice).
Spray the target area with Gebauer's Ethyl Chloride continuously for 3 to 7 seconds (aerosol can 4 to 10 seconds) from a distance of 3 to 9 inches (8-23 cm). Ethyl chloride may interact with other drugs. Tell your doctor all medications and supplements you use. During pregnancy, ethyl chloride should be used only if prescribed. It is unknown if this drug passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.
Our Ethyl Chloride Topical Anesthetic Skin Refrigerant Side Effects Drug Center provides a comprehensive view of available drug information on the potential side effects when taking this medication.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
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Ethyl Chloride Overview - Patient Information: Side Effects
Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.
Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: lasting changes in skin color, pain as skin is thawing, infection at the application site, delayed wound healing.
Tell your doctor immediately if any of these rare but very serious side effects occur (with long-term exposure): change in the amount of urine, yellowing eyes/skin, dark urine, stomach/abdominal pain, persistent nausea/vomiting, unusual tiredness.
A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction may include: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.
This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
In the US -
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.
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