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Lidoderm Patient Information Including Side Effects
Brand Names: AneCream, AneCream with Tegaderm, Anestacon, Bactine, LidaMantle, Lidocream, Lidoderm, Lidosense5, LMX 4, LMX 4 with Tegaderm, LMX 5, Medi-Quik Spray, Senatec, Solarcaine Aloe Extra Burn Relief, Solarcaine Cool Aloe, Uro-Jet, Uro-Jet AC, Xylocaine Jelly, Xylocaine Topical
Generic Name: lidocaine topical (Pronunciation: LYE doe kane TOP i kal)
- 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 is lidocaine topical (Lidoderm)?
Lidocaine is a local anesthetic (numbing medication). It works by blocking nerve signals in your body.
Lidocaine topical (for use on the skin) is used to reduce pain or discomfort caused by skin irritations such as sunburn, insect bites, poison ivy, poison oak, poison sumac, and minor cuts, scratches, hemorrhoids, and burns.
Lidocaine topical may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
What are the possible side effects of lidocaine topical?
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Stop using lidocaine topical and call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:
- uneven heartbeats;
- drowsiness, confusion;
- tremors, seizure (convulsions); or
- blurred vision.
Less serious side effects include:
- mild irritation, redness, or swelling where the medication is applied; or
- numbness in places where the medicine is accidentally applied.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Read the Lidoderm (lidocaine patch 5%) Side Effects Center for a complete guide to possible side effects
What is the most important information I should know about 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. This 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. Overdose symptoms may include uneven heartbeats, seizure (convulsions), coma, slowed breathing, or respiratory failure (breathing stops).
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.
Keep both used and unused lidocaine skin 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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