What is Lidocaine used for?
Lidocaine is a topical anesthetic gel/ointment used to relieve itching, burning, discomfort, and pain associated with skin disorders such as sunburns, minor cuts, scrapes, insect bites, plant poisonings, and hemorrhoids. Lidocaine is also used to numb the gums during dental procedures, treat nerve pain caused by post-herpetic neuralgia, as well as relieve inflammation in the mouth and throat. This medicine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.
What is the recommended dosage of Lidocaine?
The dosage of Lidocaine prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label.
Wash your hands well after each application of Lidocaine medicine. Do not apply the gel/ointment onto the broken skin.
What if you miss a dose of Lidocaine?
If your physician has instructed or directed you to apply Lidocaine medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, apply it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses unless otherwise directed.
What if you overdose on Lidocaine?
Any medication applied in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Lidocaine, seek medical attention immediately.
What other drugs could interact with Lidocaine?
It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Lidocaine.
Usually drug interactions occur when it is taken with another drug or with food. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines that may increase the effect of Lidocaine, and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.
Lidocaine can interact with other local anesthetic products.
Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.
What are the side effects of Lidocaine?
Like other medicines, Lidocaine can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Lidocaine are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.
It is pertinent to note that side effects of Lidocaine cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Lidocaine develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.
Lidocaine can cause side effects such as stinging, burning, swelling, redness, rash, or blisters at the site of application. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are using Lidocaine.
What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Lidocaine?
Is it possible for me to apply Lidocaine with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I apply Lidocaine?
What are the possible drug interactions of Lidocaine?
How will Lidocaine work in my body?
How should Lidocaine be applied?
How to reduce the risk of Lidocaine drug interactions and side effects?
The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. It should not be understood to indicate that the use of Lidocaine is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always consult your health care professional before using this, or any other, drug.