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Lidocaine HCl mucous mem

Important Note

The following information is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacist or other healthcare professional. It should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. Consult your healthcare professional before using this drug.


(LIE-doh-cane VISS-kuss)

COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Xylocaine Viscous


This medication is a topical anesthetic which numbs the mucous membranes (skin) of the mouth and throat. It is used to relieve pain and discomfort of certain mouth and throat problems.

How To Use

This medication is taken by mouth. Shake the bottle well before measuring each dose carefully. If you are taking this for a sore mouth, swish the drug in your mouth for a minute then spit it out. Do not swallow the medication. If this is being used for a sore throat, gargle with the medication for a minute, then swallow it. Do not drink water or any liquids right after taking this medication and avoid eating any food for at least 1 hour since this medication will numb your tongue and affect swallowing. It is important to not eat or chew gum while your mouth is numb to prevent choking or biting your tongue. Do not increase your dose or use this more often than prescribed without your doctor's approval.

Side Effects

Minor stinging, burning and tenderness of the mouth and throat may occur when this is first used. If any of these effects continue or become bothersome, inform your doctor. Notify your doctor if the following effects occur: irritation, rash, redness. Dizziness, lightheadedness, vomiting and seizures have occurred in children when large amounts of this medication have been swallowed. Use caution when giving this medication to children. In the unlikely event you have an allergic reaction to this drug, seek immediate medical attention. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include: rash, itching, swelling, dizziness, breathing trouble. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.


Tell your doctor your medical history especially: heart problems, any infections or open wounds where the drug is to be administered, severe liver disease, any allergies. Before using this medication, notify your doctor if you are pregnant. This medication passes into breast milk. Though the risk of harm to a nursing infant is very small, consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

Drug Interactions

Tell your doctor of any over-the-counter or prescription medication you may take. Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.


If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately.


Do not share this product with others.

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose, take as soon as remembered; do not take if it is almost time for the next dose, instead, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not "double-up" the dose to catch up.


Store at room temperature away from sunlight and moisture. Avoid freezing.