Lidocaine (On the skin)

Introduction

Lidocaine (LYE-doe-kane)

Relieves pain and numbs the skin.

Brand Name(s)

Anecream, Anestafoam, Burn-O-Jel, Burnamycin, Corta-Cap Needle Ease, Ela-Max, Glydo, LC-4, LC-5, LMX 4, LMX 5, Lida Mantle, LidoRx, Lidocin, Lidocream

When This Medicine Should Not Be Used

How to Use This Medicine

Cream, Foam, Gel/Jelly, Liquid, Lotion, Ointment, Pad, Spray

  • Use this medicine as directed. Do not use more medicine or use it more often than your doctor tells you to.
  • Follow the instructions on the medicine label if you are using this medicine without a prescription.
  • Unless directed by your doctor, do not apply this medicine to open wounds, burns, broken or inflamed skin, or to a large area of skin.
  • Do not cover the treated area with a bandage unless directed by your doctor.
  • Do not eat or drink for at least 1 hour after you use this medicine in your mouth or throat. Do not chew gum or food while your mouth or throat feels numb.
  • Do not get this medicine in your eyes. If the medicine does get in your eyes, wash your eyes with water right away.
  • Missed dose: Apply a dose as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then and apply a regular dose. Do not apply extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.
  • Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light.

Drugs and Foods to Avoid

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

  • Tell your doctor if you are using medicine for heart rhythm problems, such as mexiletine or amiodarone.

Warnings While Using This Medicine

  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have heart problems, porphyria, epilepsy, kidney disease, or liver disease.
  • Do not give lidocaine solution to a child younger than 3 years for teething pain, unless your doctor says it is okay.
  • Call your doctor if your symptoms do not improve or if they get worse.
  • Keep all medicine out of the reach of children. Never share your medicine with anyone.

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
  • Blurred or double vision
  • Confusion, dizziness, drowsiness, or lightheadedness
  • Slow or uneven heartbeat
  • Tremor or seizures
  • Troubled or shallow breathing

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

Version Info

  • Last reviewed on 7/4/2015

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