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Lidocaine topical
LIDOCAINE - TOPICAL

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.

LIDOCAINE - TOPICAL

(LIE-doh-cane)

COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Dermaflex, Xylocaine

Uses

This medication is an anesthetic used on the skin to relieve itching and pain associated with various skin disorders such as insect bites, burns, scrapes, plant poisonings, hemorrhoids. Lidocaine may also be used to relieve irritation and inflammation in the mouth and throat. Some forms of this medication are used during certain procedures to reduce pain.

How To Use

This medication is for topical use only. To use the ointment and creams on the skin, clean and dry the affected area as directed. For best results, apply the ointment or cream to a bandage or gauze before placing it on the skin. Or use gloves or an applicator. Wash hands after use. Use carefully if applying to the face. Avoid contact with the eyes. Do not use more than prescribed, use this more often or use this for longer than prescribed. Your condition will not clear faster, but side effects may be increased.

Side Effects

Notify your doctor if you develop any of these symptoms: stinging, burning, redness, tenderness, swelling, rash. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Precautions

Tell your doctor if you have: heart disease, other illnesses, infections, allergies (especially drug allergies). This medication should be used only if clearly needed during pregnancy. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. This medication passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

Drug Interactions

Tell your doctor of any over-the-counter or prescription medication you use, especially of: all skin products. Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.

Overdose

If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. This medicine may be harmful if swallowed.

Notes

If the condition for which this was prescribed does not improve or becomes worse after a few days, notify your doctor.

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose, apply it as soon as remembered; do not apply it if it is near the 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.

Storage

Store at room temperature between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 to 30 degrees C) away from heat and light. Keep the spray away from heat or open flames. Check the expiration date on the container and discard any unused medication after that date.