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Generic Name: lidocaine topical

It causes loss of feeling in the skin and surrounding tissues
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What is this medicine?

LIDOCAINE (LYE doe kane) is an anesthetic. It causes loss of feeling in the skin and surrounding tissues. It is used to prevent pain from some procedures. This medicine is also used to treat minor burns, scrapes, and insect bites.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • heart problems
  • infected, open or damaged skin
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to lidocaine, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?

This medicine is for use on the skin. This medicine can be used in the mouth, nose, or applied to the throat by a health care professional in a hospital or clinic setting. Follow the directions on the prescription or package label. Apply your medicine at regular intervals. Do not use it more often than directed.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for selected conditions, precautions do apply.

What if I miss a dose?

This does not apply; this medicine is not for regular use.

What may interact with this medicine?

  • medicines to control heart rhythm

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Be careful to avoid injury while the area is numb and you are not aware of pain. If this medicine is used in the mouth or throat, do not chew gum or eat food for at least one hour. If the area is still numb, you may choke or bite your tongue or cheek if you try to chew or swallow. Also, you may not feel pain from hot foods or drinks.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
  • breathing problems
  • changes in vision
  • chills, fever
  • confused, excitable, nervous, restless
  • dizzy, drowsy
  • headache
  • irregular heartbeat
  • nausea, vomiting
  • seizures
  • tremors

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • numb area

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of reach of children.

Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.

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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