ETHYL CHLORIDE

Description: Ethyl chloride is a skin refrigerant local anaesthetic, it freezes the skin and causes a numbing effect.

Indications:

This medication is used to prevent pain caused by injections and minor surgical procedures. It is also used for the temporary relief of minor sports injuries.

Contraindications:

Should not be given to patients with allergic reaction to this spray.

How to use ethyl chloride topical

  • This medication is for use on the skin only.
  • Do not apply to broken skin or mucous membranes (e.g., inside the nose or mouth).
  • Do not spray into the eyes.
  • Do not inhale the spray.
  • This medication is flammable.
  • Before applying ethyl chloride to injection and local surgical sites, your healthcare professional will swab the treatment area with an antiseptic. Petroleum jelly may be applied to protect surrounding areas around the surgical site. The ethyl chloride container should be positioned 3-9 inches (8-23 centimeters) away from the skin.
  • If using ethyl chloride in a bottle, it should be held upside down and sprayed onto the area for 3-7 seconds.
  • If using ethyl chloride in an aerosol can, it should be held upright and sprayed onto the area for 4-10 seconds.
  • For the relief of deep muscle pain, the healthcare professional will hold the container 12-18 inches (30-46 centimeters) away from the muscle, then spray in a sweeping motion at the rate of 4 inches (10.2 centimeters) per second until the entire muscle is covered from the trigger point to the area of pain. The muscle will be slowly stretched during this process until full motion is restored and pain is relieved.

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Applies to ethyl chloride topical: spray

Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

  • Temporary skin color changes.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur while taking ethyl chloride topical:

  • Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue);
  • decreased urination;
  • symptoms of liver problems (eg, dark urine; loss of appetite; pale stools; stomach pain; unusual nausea or tiredness; yellowing of the skin or eyes).

Precautions

  • Allergy: Before using ethyl chloride, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies.

Pregnancy Risk: This medication should be used only when clearly needed during pregnancy.

Breastfeeding: It is not known whether this drug passes into breast milk. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.

 

Interactions

None

Overdose

If overdose is suspected, contact a poison control center or emergency room immediately. This medication may be harmful if inhaled. If accidentally inhaled, you may experience symptoms such as drowsiness, slowed breathing, slow heartbeat.

Notes

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Missed Dose

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Storage

Contents are under pressure. Store in a cool place at room temperature between 59-86 degrees F (15-30 degrees C). Do not store above 122 degrees F (50 degrees C). Do not use near an open flame, electrical equipment that may ignite a fire, or hot surfaces. Do not store on or near high-frequency ultrasound equipment. Keep all medicines away from children and pets.

Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company for more details about how to safely discard your product.

 

Brands

There are no brands containing this molecule.

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