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LIDODERM (lidocaine patch 5%) is indicated for relief of pain associated with post-herpetic neuralgia. It should be applied only to intact skin.
DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION
Apply LIDODERM (lidocaine patch 5%) to intact skin to cover the most painful area. Apply up to three patches, only once for up to 12 hours within a 24-hour period. Patches may be cut into smaller sizes with scissors prior to removal of the release liner. (See Handling And Disposal) Clothing may be worn over the area of application. Smaller areas of treatment are recommended in a debilitated patient, or a patient with impaired elimination.
If irritation or a burning sensation occurs during application, remove the patch(es) and do not reapply until the irritation subsides.
When LIDODERM (lidocaine patch 5%) is used concomitantly with other products containing local anesthetic agents, the amount absorbed from all formulations must be considered.
Handling And Disposal
Hands should be washed after the handling of LIDODERM (lidocaine patch 5%) , and eye contact with LIDODERM (lidocaine patch 5%) should be avoided. Do not store patch outside the sealed envelope. Apply immediately after removal from the protective envelope. Fold used patches so that the adhesive side sticks to itself and safely discard used patches or pieces of cut patches where children and pets cannot get to them. LIDODERM (lidocaine patch 5%) should be kept out of the reach of children.
LIDODERM (lidocaine patch 5%) is available as the following:
Carton of 30 patches, packaged into individual child-resistant
Store at 25°C (77°F); excursions permitted to 15°-30°C (59°-86°F). [See USP Controlled Room Temperature].
Manufactured for: Endo Pharmaceuticals Inc. Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania 19317.
Last reviewed on RxList: 1/24/2011
This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.
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