Drugs A - Z

Lidocaine Hydrochloride Topical lotion

It causes loss of feeling in the skin and surrounding tissues

Generic Name: lidocaine topical  |  Brand Name: Lidocaine Hydrochloride, Topical

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 treat itching, pain, and discomfort from eczema, minor burns, scrapes, insect bites, hemorrhoids, and other conditions.

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

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • heart problems
  • 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 for use on the skin. Do not take by mouth. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Apply a thin film of your medicine to the affected area. Do not use this medicine in the eyes. Apply your medicine at regular intervals. Do not use it 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?

If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, use only that dose. Do not use double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

Interactions are not expected. 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?

Tell your doctor or healthcare professional if your symptoms do not start to get better or if they get worse. See your doctor right away if you get signs of an infection where you use this medicine.

Be careful to avoid injury while the area is numb and you are not aware of pain.

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. Do not use more medicine than directed.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
  • breathing problems
  • changes in vision
  • chills, fever
  • confused, excitable, nervous, restless
  • dizzy, drowsy
  • headache
  • irregular heartbeat
  • nausea, vomiting
  • seizures
  • tremors

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • lighter or redder skin color where used
  • numb area

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of reach of children.

Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.


Last Updated: March 05, 2009
Licensed from
The Healthline Site, its content, such as text, graphics, images, search results, HealthMaps, Trust Marks, and other material contained on the Healthline Site ("Content"), its services, and any information or material posted on the Healthline Site by third parties are provided for informational purposes only. None of the foregoing is a substitute for professional medical advice, examination, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on the Healthline Site. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor or 911 immediately. Please read the Terms of Service for more information regarding use of the Healthline Site.
Advertisement
Advertisement