Lidoderm (lidocaine topical)

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Brand Name

Lidoderm {Endo Pharmaceuticals}

Generic Name

lidocaine topical, pronounced LYE doe kane TOP i kal


What is Lidoderm?

Lidoderm is a medication that helps to reduce post-shingles pain. This numbing medication is a local anesthetic, and works by blocking nerve signals in your body. You may also be prescribed Lidoderm topical to help reduce discomfort and pain from sunburn, insect bites, poison ivy, poison oak, poison sumac, hemorrhoids, burns and minor cuts or scratches.

Lidoderm may be used for purposes not described in this medication guide.


Key Facts About Lidoderm

Lidoderm can be dangerous if you receive an overdose. It can be fatal if too much Lidoderm is absorbed through your skin and into your blood. This could happen if you receive this medication without the supervision of a medical doctor, such as in a cosmetic procedure like laser hair removal. Take care to see a reputable and licensed doctor if you are receiving Lidoderm. Overdose symptoms may include convulsions or seizures, respiratory failure, uneven heartbeats and coma.

You should only receive a small amount of Lidoderm from a licensed doctor. Large amounts of Lidoderm are unnecessary and may harm you. You should also not apply heat, bandages, or plastic wrap to any area of your skin that has been treated with Lidoderm.

Do not use Lidoderm on skin that is cut or irritated, as you may inadvertently absorb more of this medication that way.

Lidoderm is in FDA pregnancy category B. This medication is not known to harm an unborn baby. However, tell your doctor if you are pregnant or become pregnant while using this medication. Lidoderm may pass into breast milk, so you should not breast-feed while taking this medication.


Before You Take Lidoderm

If you are allergic to lidocaine or any type of numbing medication you should not take Lidoderm.

If you are breastfeeding you should not take Lidoderm.

You should inform your doctor if you have broken, damaged, raw or blistered skin before taking Lidoderm.


Lidoderm Drug Interactions

You should inform your doctor if you are taking any of the following:

  • disopyramide (Norpace)
  • flecainide (Tambocor)
  • mexiletine (Mexitil)
  • procainamide (Procan, Pronestyl)
  • propafenone (Rythmol)
  • quinidine (Quinidex, Quinaglute)
  • tocainide (Tonocard)

Other drugs you take that are not listed may interact with Lidoderm. You should tell your doctor about all of the medications you use. This includes prescription drugs, vitamins, supplements and herbal products, and over the counter medications. You should not begin taking a new medication without telling your doctor first.


Directions for Taking Lidoderm

You should take Lidoderm exactly your doctor has told you to. It is important that you do not take Lidoderm in larger or smaller amounts, or for longer or shorter than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label and follow any dose changes carefully if your doctor instructs you to change your dose.

Lidoderm should not be applied to skin that is blistered, raw, broken or damaged.

Lidoderm should not be used with any other topical medications unless your doctor has instructed you to do so.

Be aware that Lidoderm can be dangerous if you receive an overdose. It can be fatal if too much Lidoderm is absorbed through your skin and into your blood. Overdose symptoms may include convulsions or seizures, respiratory failure, uneven heartbeats and coma.

Take care not to get Lidoderm anywhere other than the area in which you were prescribed to use this medication. If you get Lidoderm in your eyes wash it out immediately.

Lidoderm should be stored at room temperature, and away from both moisture and heat.

If you miss a dose of Lidoderm you should attempt to take the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose, or if your next dose is less than 12 hours away you should skip the dose you missed.


Lidoderm Side Effects

If you experience any of the following adverse effects you should stop taking Lidoderm and seek emergency medical help immediately.

  • allergic reaction including hives, swelling in your face, lips, throat or tongue and trouble breathing
  • blurred vision
  • confusion
  • drowsiness
  • seizures or convulsions
  • tremors
  • uneven heartbeats

Less serious side effects of Lidoderm may include:

  • irritation that is mild where this medication is applied
  • numbness if this medication is applied in an area not needing medication (accidentally)

It should be noted that this is not a complete list of possible side effects of Lidoderm. You should contact your physician for a complete list and medical advice regarding these effects.


Lidoderm Description and Dosing

Lidoderm is available as a patch, with 5 % lidocaine. Each adhesive patch contains 700 mg of lidocaine (50 mg per gram adhesive) in an aqueous base. The Lidoderm patch (lidocaine patch 5%) is offered in a carton of 30 patches, packaged into individual child-resistant envelopes.

If you suspect that you have overdosed with Lidoderm you should seek emergency help immediately.


Ingredients in Lidoderm

Lidoderm has the main ingredient lidocaine, as a 5% patch. Inactive ingredients include dihydroxyaluminum aminoacetate, disodium edetate, gelatin, glycerin, kaolin, methylparaben, polyacrylic acid, polyvinyl alcohol, propylene glycol, propylparaben, sodium carboxymethylcellulose, sodium polyacrylate, D-sorbitol, tartaric acid, and urea.

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