Which dental local anaesthetics are made with natural rubber latex?

· UKMi

This Medicines Q&A provides a list of local anaesthetic preparations used in dentistry and notes whether natural rubber latex is used as a material in the manufacture of the product, its container and packaging.

  • Natural rubber latex is present in many healthcare items including examination and surgical gloves, surgical masks, bungs in medicine vials, needle sheaths and syringes.
  • People sensitised to natural rubber latex are at risk of developing allergic reactions, which can present with delayed symptoms such as a localised red itchy rash or with immediate symptoms such as urticaria, swelling in the face, throat and/or mouth, difficulty breathing or anaphylactic shock.
  • People with allergy to natural rubber latex should try to avoid direct contact with all products that contain it.
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