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Lidocaine (Topical) (LYE doe kane)

Adult Medication

Brand Names: U.S.

AneCream [OTC]; AneCream5 [OTC]; EnovaRX-Lidocaine HCl; Glydo; LC-4 Lidocaine [OTC]; LC-5 Lidocaine [OTC]; Lidoderm; Lidopin; LidoRx; LMX 4 Plus [OTC]; LMX 4 [OTC]; LMX 5 [OTC]; LTA 360 Kit; Predator [OTC]; RectiCare [OTC]; Tecnu First Aid [OTC]; Topicaine 5 [OTC]; Topicaine [OTC]; Xolido XP [OTC]; Xylocaine

Brand Names: Canada

Betacaine; Lidodan; Lidoderm; Maxilene; Xylocaine

Warning

Viscous lidocaine

  • Very bad health problems (like seizures and heart that stops working) and death have happened in children younger than 3 years old. In these cases, this drug was not used how it was recommended. Do not use this drug to treat infants and children with teething pain. Talk with the doctor.
  • This drug must only be used in children younger than 3 years old when other treatments cannot be used. If using in a child younger than 3 years old for a reason other than teething pain, follow how to give as you were told by the doctor. Talk with the doctor.

What is this drug used for?

  • It is used to stop pain.
  • It is used to treat painful nerve diseases.
  • It is used to treat signs of hemorrhoids or rectal irritation.
  • It is used to ease long-term pain problems.
  • It is used to ease pain from skin irritations.
  • It is used to ease pain caused by shingles.
  • It is used to treat mouth sores.
  • It may be given to you for other reasons. Talk with the doctor.

What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take this drug?

All products:

  • If you have an allergy to lidocaine or any other part of this drug.
  • If you are allergic to any drugs like this one, any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.

Gel:

  • If you have a skin infection.
This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with this drug.
Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take this drug with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.

What are some things I need to know or do while I take this drug?

  • Tell dentists, surgeons, and other doctors that you use this drug.
  • Talk with your doctor before you use other drugs or products on your skin.
  • Do not eat while your mouth feels numb. You may bite your tongue.
  • Do not scratch or rub the skin while it is numb. Do not let it get very hot or very cold.
  • Do not use coverings (bandages, dressings, make-up) unless told to do so by the doctor.
  • Use care when a large part of the skin is involved or where there are open wounds.
  • Do not put on cuts, scrapes, eczema, or damaged skin.
  • Avoid use of heat sources (such as sunlamps, tanning beds, heating pads, electric blankets, heat lamps, saunas, hot tubs, heated waterbeds). Avoid long, hot baths or sunbathing. Your temperature may rise and cause too much drug to pass into your body.
  • This drug may cause harm if swallowed. If this drug is swallowed, call a doctor or poison control center right away.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using this drug while you are pregnant.
  • Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about any risks to your baby.

What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?

WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:

All products:

  • Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
  • Signs of infection. These include a fever of 100.4°F (38°C) or higher, chills, very bad sore throat, ear or sinus pain, cough, more sputum or change in color of sputum, pain with passing urine, mouth sores, wound that will not heal, or anal itching or pain.
  • Trouble breathing, slow breathing, or shallow breathing.
  • Shortness of breath.
  • Very bad skin irritation.
  • Very bad numbness and tingling.
  • A heartbeat that does not feel normal.
  • Feeling lightheaded, sleepy, having blurred eyesight, or a change in thinking clearly.
  • Seizures.
  • Change in eyesight.

Mouth:

  • Very bad mouth irritation.

Rectal:

  • Bleeding from rectum or rectal pain.

What are some other side effects of this drug?

All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:
  • Redness.
  • Swelling.
  • Change in color of skin.
  • Skin irritation.
These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
You may report side effects to your national health agency.

How is this drug best taken?

Use this drug as ordered by your doctor. Read and follow the dosing on the label closely.

Rectal:

  • Wash your hands before and after use.
  • Follow how to use as you have been told by your doctor or read the package insert.
  • Put on clean, dry skin.
  • Put on hemorrhoids with a cotton swab.
  • If pain happens when you try to use the applicator, do not use. Talk to the doctor.

All skin products:

  • Do not take this drug by mouth. Use on your skin only. Keep out of your mouth, nose, and eyes (may burn).
  • Clean affected part before use. Make sure to dry well.
  • Put on clean, dry, healthy skin.
  • Wash your hands before and after use. Do not wash your hands after use if putting this on your hand.

Spray:

  • If you are using the spray for your face, spray it on your hand or gauze and then put it on your face.
  • This drug may catch on fire. Do not use near an open flame or while smoking.

Skin patch:

  • Put on the most painful parts of the skin.
  • Trim patch to cover the affected skin.
  • Put patch on at the same time of day.
  • Leave on for up to 12 hours.
  • After you take the patch off, do not put another patch on that area of skin for 12 hours.
  • Take off the patch right away if it burns.

All oral products:

  • Shake well before use.
  • Follow how to use carefully.
  • If using as a rinse, swish it in mouth as long as you can. Swallow or spit out as you are told.
  • If putting on with a cotton swab, put on affected part as your doctor or the label tells you.
  • Do not eat anything for at least 60 minutes (1 hour) after you use this drug.

Liquid:

  • Measure liquid doses carefully.

What do I do if I miss a dose?

  • Use a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
  • If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
  • Do not use 2 doses or extra doses.
  • Many times this drug is used on an as needed basis. Do not use more often than told by the doctor.

How do I store and/or throw out this drug?

All products:

  • Store at room temperature. Do not freeze.
  • Protect from heat.
  • Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to throw out unused drugs.

Patch:

  • Store in the pouch that comes with this drug to help keep away from children.

General drug facts

  • If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
  • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else’s drugs.
  • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
  • Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
  • Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. If you have any questions about this drug, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

Consumer Information Use and Disclaimer

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only the healthcare provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for a specific patient. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from the healthcare provider. You must talk with the healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

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