What does Lidocaine treat?
Lidocaine is a topical anesthetic gel/ointment that helps alleviate itching, burning, discomfort and pain due to sunburns, minor cuts, plant poisoning, scrapes, insect bites and hemorrhoids. This is also used as a local anesthetic to numb the gums during dental procedures and to decrease discomfort or pain during certain medical procedures and exams. This may also be prescribed for nerve pain caused by post-herpetic neuralgia and bring down inflammation in the mouth and throat. Your physician may use this to treat other ailments based on their discretion.
Follow the Lidocaine dosage prescribed by your physician. The dosage could vary based on individual patient requirements. Always follow your physician’s instructions or go by the directions on the prescription drug label. Wash your hands before and after you use Lidocaine. The right way to use it is to apply a small amount on the affected area and gently massage it into skin. Never apply the gel/ointment over broken skin.
Missed a dose?
Apply it immediately once you remember. In case, this time falls close to the next dosage, skip it and get back to the prescribed schedule. Never apply a double dose unless your physician specifically directs you to do so.
Don’t waste any time and seek immediate medical attention.
Drug interactions must be considered before starting to use any kind of drug. Drug interactions might happen either when Lidocaine is used along with another drug or with particular foods. To prevent any kind of negative interaction, make sure you inform your doctor of any drugs you are taking including non-prescription medication, OTCs, health supplements like vitamins, minerals, herbal medicine, drinks with caffeine and alcohol, illegal drugs, smoking habits and so on which may increase or interfere with the effect of Lidocaine.
It may interact with local anesthetic products and other medications.
Appraise your doctor of any medical conditions that you are suffering from and your family history of medical ailments. It’s important that you do not stop or start taking any medicine without the consent of your physician.
Possible Side Effects
Lidocaine might have some side effects but it’s not possible to anticipate them. It does not have any major side effects and the minor ones that may occur are temporary. In rare cases, there might be major side effects and immediate medical attention must be sought.
Some of the side effects could be stinging, redness, rash, burning, swelling or blisters at the area applied. This is not the complete list though.
In case, there is a change in intensity of side effects or if any new side effects develop, make sure you consult your doctor.
What to ask your doctor before you start on Lidocaine
- Can I use Lidocaine along with other drugs?
- Are there certain foods, beverages and products to be avoided while on Lidocaine?
- What is the dosage of Lidocaine to be used?
- How should I use Lidocaine?
- How will Lidocaine work on my body?
- How can the drug interactions and side effects of Lidocaine be minimized or completely avoided?
The health and medical information that we have provided are meant to supplement and not substitute the advice of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professionals. This does not suggest that usage of Lidocaine is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always ensure that you take this or any other drug only after consulting your physician.