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Lidoderm Patient Information including If I Miss a Dose
In this Article
- What is lidocaine topical (Lidoderm)?
- What are the possible side effects of lidocaine topical?
- What is the most important information I should know about lidocaine topical?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using lidocaine topical?
- How should I use lidocaine topical?
- What happens if I miss a dose?
- What happens if I overdose?
- What should I avoid while using lidocaine topical?
- What other drugs will affect lidocaine topical?
- Where can I get more information?
What happens if I miss a dose?
Since lidocaine is used as needed, you may not be on a dosing schedule. If you are using the medication regularly, use the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
What happens if I overdose?
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222. Lidocaine topical applied to the skin is not likely to cause an overdose unless you apply more than the recommended dose. Overdose may also occur if you apply heat, bandages, or plastic wrap to treated skin areas.
Improper use of lidocaine topical may result in death.
Overdose symptoms may include drowsiness, confusion, nervousness, ringing in your ears, blurred vision, feeling hot or cold, numbness, muscle twitches, uneven heartbeats, seizure (convulsions), slowed breathing, or respiratory failure (breathing stops).
What should I avoid while using lidocaine topical?
Do not allow this medication to come into contact with your eyes. If it does, rinse with water. Avoid touching the sticky side of a lidocaine skin patch while applying it.
Avoid using other topical medications on the affected area unless your doctor has told you to.
What other drugs will affect lidocaine topical?
Tell your doctor about all other medicines you use, especially:
- quinidine (Quin-G);
- disopyramide (Norpace);
- flecainide (Tambocor);
- mexiletine (Mexitil);
- procainamide (Procan, Pronestyl);
- tocainide (Tonocard); or
- propafenone (Rythmol).
This list is not complete and other drugs may interact with lidocaine. Tell your doctor about all medications you use. This includes prescription, over-the-counter, vitamin, and herbal products. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.
Where can I get more information?
Your pharmacist has information about lidocaine topical.
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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