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Lidoderm Patient Information including How Should I Take
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 should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using lidocaine topical?
An overdose of numbing medications can cause fatal side effects if too much of the medicine is absorbed through your skin and into your blood.
Overdose is more likely to occur when using a numbing medicine without the advice of a medical doctor (such as during a cosmetic procedure like laser hair removal). However, overdose has also occurred in women treated with a numbing medicine before having a mammography. Symptoms may include uneven heartbeats, seizure (convulsions), coma, slowed breathing, or respiratory failure (breathing stops).
You should not use lidocaine topical if you are allergic to any other type of numbing medicine.
To make sure you can safely use lidocaine topical, tell your doctor if you have any of these other conditions:
- liver disease; or
- broken, swollen, or damaged skin.
FDA pregnancy category B. This medication is not expected to be harmful to an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.
Lidocaine topical can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
How should I use lidocaine topical?
Use exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label.
Lidocaine topical comes in many different forms for different uses. Lidocaine topical cream, lotion, spray, solution, film, and transdermal patch are generally for use on the skin only.
If your medication comes with patient instructions for safe and effective use, follow these directions carefully. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.
Your body may absorb more of this medication if you use too much, if you apply it over large skin areas, or if you apply heat, bandages, or plastic wrap to treated skin areas. Skin that is cut or irritated may also absorb more topical medication than healthy skin.
Use the smallest amount of this medication needed to numb the skin or relieve pain. Do not use large amounts of lidocaine topical, or cover treated skin areas with a bandage or plastic wrap without medical advice. Be aware that many cosmetic procedures are performed without a medical doctor present.
Lidocaine topical may be applied with your finger tips or a cotton swab. Follow your doctor's instructions.
Do not apply this medication to swollen skin areas or deep puncture wounds. Avoid using the medicine on skin that is raw or blistered, such as a severe burn or abrasion.
Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
Keep both used and unused lidocaine topical patches out of the reach of children or pets. The amount of lidocaine in the skin patches could be harmful to a child or pet who accidentally sucks on or swallows the patch. Seek emergency medical attention if this happens.
Additional Lidoderm Information
- Lidoderm Drug Interactions Center: lidocaine top
- Lidoderm Side Effects Center
- Lidoderm Overview including Precautions
- Lidoderm FDA Approved Prescribing Information including Dosage
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