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Lidocaine and Prilocaine
What is it? Overview Usage Side Effects and Warnings

Lidocaine and Prilocaine Overview

Written by FoundHealth.

(LYE doe kane & PRIL oh kane)

U.S. Brand Names

EMLA®; Oraqix®

Canadian Brand Names


Mexican Brand Names


Pharmacologic Category

Local Anesthetic

Reasons not to take this medicine

• If you have an allergy to lidocaine, prilocaine, or any other part of this medicine.

• Tell healthcare provider if you are allergic to any medicine. Make sure to tell about the allergy and how it affected you. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other symptoms involved.

How does it work?

• Lidocaine and prilocaine numbs the area.

How is it best taken?

• Apply 1 hour before shot.

• Do not take this medicine by mouth. For skin only. Keep out of mouth, nose, and eyes (may burn).

• Clean affected area before use. Make sure to dry well.

• Use a rubber glove to apply.

• Apply a thick layer to the area where the shot is to be given. Do not rub in.

• Cover the area with a bandage or dressing.

What should I monitor?

• Change in condition being treated. Is it better, worse, or about the same?

How should I store this medicine?

• Store at room temperature.

General statements

• If you have a life-threatening allergy, wear allergy identification at all times.

• Do not share your medicine with others and do not take anyone else's medicine.

• Keep all medicine out of the reach of children and pets.

• Most medicines can be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.

• Keep a list of all your medicines (prescription, natural products, supplements, vitamins, over-the-counter) with you. Give this list to healthcare provider (doctor, nurse, nurse practitioner, pharmacist, physician assistant).

• Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or in Canada to Health Canada's Canada Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.

• Talk with healthcare provider before starting any new medicine, including over-the-counter, natural products, or vitamins.

Created: 2006-10-13 13:38:39.0

Modified: 2010-05-06 14:50:01.0

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