Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Chlorphenesin and Phenoxyethanol

Why would a woman put something harmful on their nipples when they are breast feeding?  All nursing mothers and pregnant women should read up about this.  They always say that the risk is minimal or there is a 1 to whatever number of a chance.  What if you were that one person?  Is it worth the risk?

Chlorphenesin and Phenoxyethanol are ingredients used in Mommy’s Bliss Nipple Cream. The FDA has issued a consumer warning that these two substances cause depression of the central nervous system, vomiting and diarrhea in infants. Phenoxyethanol is used as a preservative in medications and cosmetics.

Chlorphenesin is a muscle relaxant. It works by blocking nerve impulses (or pain sensations) that are sent to your brain.  Chlorphenesin is used, along with rest and physical therapy, to treat injuries and other painful muscular conditions.  Chlorphenesin is not commercially available in the United States.  Chlorphenesin may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.

Chlorphenesin is not commercially available in the United States.

Use caution when driving, operating machinery, or performing other hazardous activities. Chlorphenesin may cause dizziness or drowsiness. If you experience dizziness or drowsiness, avoid these activities. Use alcohol cautiously. Alcohol may increase drowsiness and dizziness while you are taking chlorphenesin.

A very common cosmetic preservative that seems to be in just about everything I review and I usually point out that it can be a potential irritant. In Europe, some products go out of their way to say they don't contain in. This is what the FDA has to say about it:

Phenoxyethanol is a preservative that is primarily used in cosmetics and medications. It also can depress the central nervous system and may cause vomiting and diarrhea.

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