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Lidoderm is a prescription medicine that contains a local anesthetic drug called lidocaine. Lidocaine is used to numb specific areas of the body and is often used to treat post-herpetic neuralgia (PHN), a type of nerve pain that occurs after a shingles infection.
Lidocaine is indicated to relieve a variety of skin conditions like itching, scrapes, insect bites, and minor skin irritation. It functions as a topical anesthetic that reduces the flow of sodium into and out of the nerves, interrupting nerve signal initiation and transmission. Lidoderm Patch is available in 5% strength with a dosage of 700mg per patch.
Uses and Dosage
When applying the Lidoderm patch, ensure that the skin is normal and intact. Do not use the patch if the skin is broken or irritated. Follow the directions provided by your doctor and apply the patch to the area that is most painful. Depending on the product, the patch can be left on the skin for up to 8 or 12 hours.
Avoid getting the patch wet, as it may not stick to the skin. If a smaller patch is needed, it can be cut with scissors before removing the protective liner. Do not apply more than three patches in a day or leave any patch on for longer than the specified time period. After each application, wash your hands thoroughly to avoid accidental contact with mucous membranes or eyes. In case of accidental contact with the eyes, rinse with water immediately and protect them until normal feeling returns.
Common Side Effects of Lidoderm Patch (Lidocaine):
- Burning sensation
- Change in skin color
- Dry, itchy skin
- Mild irritation in the area
- Peeling skin
- Small blisters
- Small bumps on skin
- Small red or purple spots caused by bleeding underneath the skin
- Warmth on skin
Serious Side Effects of Lidoderm Patch (Lidocaine):
- Severe burning or stinging
- Unusual sensation
- Sudden dizziness
- Blurred vision
- Ringing in the ears
Form and Strength
Lidoderm Patch (Lidocaine) is available in the following forms and strengths:
Lidoderm Patch: Patch
- Use the patch exactly as directed by your doctor, since it will work only if applied correctly.
- The patch should be used only on intact skin.
- Do not use the patch if the skin is broken or irritated.
- Follow the prescribed dosage, as it depends on your medical condition and response to treatment.
- Avoid getting the patch wet or leaving it on for longer than the specified time period.
- After each application, wash your hands thoroughly to avoid accidental contact with mucous membranes or eyes.
- Inform your doctor if you have any allergies to Lidocaine or other anesthetics.
- Let your doctor know if you have any history of heart, liver, or kidney disease.
- The Lidoderm Patch may interact with certain medications, so inform your doctor of all the medicines you are currently taking.
- The Lidoderm Patch is not suitable for everyone, so talk to your doctor before using it.
- Do not let lidocaine transdermal come in contact with your eyes. If lidocaine transdermal does touch your eye, immediately wash the eye with water or saline and protect the eye until sensation returns.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
How many lidocaine patches per day?
Apply the patch once a day. It should be left on for a maximum of 12 hours. You can apply up to 3 patches to cover the affected area if it is large. The patch can be cut to size if it is being used on a smaller area.
How long do the effects of lidocaine do patches last?
The pain-relieving effect of lidocaine patches is designed to last for at least 8 to 12 hours, depending on the patch you are wearing.
Can you use lidocaine patch at night?
Patches can be worn during the day or during the night, depending on the exact location of the painful skin area and the adhesive ability of the patch on the particular skin site.
It's important to purchase Lidoderm Patch from verified Canadian pharmacy.