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What is this medicine?

LIDOCAINE (LYE doe kane) is an anesthetic. It causes loss of feeling in the skin and surrounding tissues. It is used to prevent and to treat pain from some procedures.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • infected, open or damaged skin
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to lidocaine, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast- feeding

How should I use this medicine?

This medicine is applied to the skin or mucous membranes using finger tips or cotton swabs. It may be applied by a health care professional before a procedure to numb the area. It may also be applied to hemorrhoids for relief of pain. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Do not use more often than directed.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for selected conditions, precautions do apply.

What if I miss a dose?

This does not apply.

What may interact with this medicine?

  • medicines to control heart rhythm.

Do not use any other skin products on the affected area without asking your doctor or health care professional.

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Be careful to avoid injury while the area is numb and you are not aware of pain. If this medicine is used in the mouth or throat, do not chew gum or eat food for at least one hour. If the area is still numb, you may choke or bite your tongue or cheek if you try to chew or swallow. Also, you may not feel pain from hot foods or drinks.

Do not apply this medicine to areas of skin that are infected, open, or damaged. This may increase the amount of medicine that passes through your skin and increase the risk of serious side effects.

               
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