Used to numb the skin before certain medical procedures, such as injections or drawing blood from a blood vessel. This medicine is a topical anesthetic. This product was removed from the U.S. market on November 11, 2008.
There may be other brand names for this medicine.
When This Medicine Should Not Be Used
Do not use this medicine if you or your child have had an allergic reaction to lidocaine or any other topical anesthetic (such as bupivacaine, prilocaine, Citanest®, or Marcaine®).
How to Use This Medicine
- A nurse or other trained health professional will give you this medicine.
- Your doctor will prescribe your exact dose. This medicine is given by placing a special round container on your skin. The container pushes the medicine into the skin, and does not use a needle to do this. You or your child will hear a popping noise when the medicine is given.
- This medicine is for use only on the skin. It will not be used on skin areas that have cuts or scrapes. Do not get it in your eyes, nose, or mouth. If it does get on these areas, rinse it off right away.
Drugs and Foods to Avoid
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
Warnings While Using This Medicine
- Make sure your doctor knows if you or your child are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have severe liver disease, bleeding problems, or a condition called pseudocholinesterase deficiency (a genetic disease).
- Do not let your child get any of the medicine in the mouth. This medicine can cause serious side effects, especially in children, if any of it gets into the mouth and is swallowed.
Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine
Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
- Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing
- Bleeding, bruising, pain, itching, burning, redness, or swelling on your skin where the medicine is placed.
If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088
- Last Reviewed on 06/12/2013
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