Common Acne Medications May Cause Severe Allergic Reactions

Late last month, the US Food and Drug Administration warned American consumers that common over-the-counter acne treatments contain ingredients that may cause severe and possibly life-threatening allergic reactions in some people. Currently, most of these topical treatments do not warn of these risks. Under certain circumstances, a failure to warn can become the subject of a defective drug case.

The FDA cited a number of different acne treatments, including:

  • Proactiv
  • Neutrogena
  • Oxy
  • Aveeno
  • Clean & Clear
  • MaxClarity
  • Ambi

The FDA says since these products and others contain salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide, they may cause a severe allergic reaction. The FDA isn’t currently certain whether the severe allergic reactions are caused by these ingredients or others in the acne treatments, but the agency says that, between 1969 and the beginning of last year, they have received about 130 reports from people who suffered a severe allergic reaction after using one of these products. No fatalities have been reported, but hospitalizations have.

A severe reaction to acne treatment may cause symptoms of throat tightness, facial swelling, fainting and shortness of breath.

If you believe you suffered an injury because of a defective drug, please contact Golomb Legal for a free case evaluation and to learn about our experienced attorneys serving the areas of New Jersey and Philadelphia.