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What is it? Overview Usage Side Effects and Warnings

Lidocaine Overview

Written by FoundHealth.

(LYE doe kane)

U.S. Brand Names

Akten™; Anestacon® [DSC]; Anestafoam™ [OTC]; Band-Aid® Hurt-Free™ Antiseptic Wash [OTC]; Burn Jel® Plus [OTC]; Burn Jel® [OTC]; Burn-O-Jel [OTC]; L-M-X® 4 [OTC]; L-M-X® 5 [OTC]; LidaMantle®; Lidoderm®; LTA® 360; Premjact® [OTC]; Regenecare®; Regenecare® HA [OTC]; Solarcaine® Aloe Extra Burn Relief [OTC] [DSC]; Solarcaine® cool aloe Burn Relief [OTC]; Topicaine® [OTC]; Unburn®; Xylocaine®; Xylocaine® Dental; Xylocaine® MPF; Xylocaine® Viscous [DSC]

Canadian Brand Names

Betacaine®; Lidodan™; Lidoderm®; Maxilene®; Xylocaine®; Xylocard®

Mexican Brand Names

Betacaine; Hipoden; Sensipharma; Sunicaine; Uvega; Xylocaina

Pharmacologic Category

Analgesic, Topical; Antiarrhythmic Agent, Class Ib; Local Anesthetic; Local Anesthetic, Ophthalmic

What key warnings should I know about before taking this medicine?

• This medicine does not mix well with some medicines. Serious reactions may occur. Check all medicines with healthcare provider.

Reasons not to take this medicine

• If you have an allergy to lidocaine 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.

• If you have a slow heartbeat without a working pacemaker.

How does it work?

• Lidocaine decreases the excitement of the heart.

• It numbs the nerves in the area applied.

How is it best taken?


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

• Wash hands before and after use.

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

• Apply to clean, dry, healthy skin.

• Apply with cotton swab to hemorrhoids.

• Use rectal cream rectally.

Skin patch:

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

• Wash hands before and after use.

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

• Apply to most painful areas of skin.

• Apply patch at a similar time of day.

• Apply to clean, dry, healthy skin.

• Remove patch immediately if a burning sensation occurs.

• Leave on for 12 hours.

Eye gel:

• For the eye only.

• Take out contact lenses before using medicine. Lenses can be replaced 15 minutes after medicine is given. Do not put contacts back in if eyes are irritated or infected.

• Your healthcare provider will give this medicine.


• Do not swallow medicine unless told to do so by healthcare provider.

• Swish it in mouth as long as possible or apply to affected area with cotton swabs.


• Your healthcare provider will give this medicine.

• This medicine is given into a vein constantly for a period of time.

• This medicine is given as a shot into the skin.

What do I do if I miss a dose? (does not apply to patients in the hospital)

• Use a missed dose as soon as possible.

• If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your regular schedule.

• Do not use a double dose or extra doses.

• Many times this medicine is taken on an as needed basis.

What should I monitor?

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

How should I store this medicine?

Injection/Eye gel:

• This medicine will be given to you in a healthcare setting. You will not store it at home.


• Store at room temperature.

• Protect from heat.

• Throw away all patches in a sealed container away from children and pets.


• 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 13:37:06.0

Modified: 2010-05-06 12:34:35.0

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