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Xylocaine ointment is used to temporarily numb certain areas of the skin or mucous membranes, and is often prescribed for conditions such as sunburn, insect bites, minor cuts, burns, or other skin irritations.
Xylocaine is a topical anesthetic medication that contains Lidocaine as its active ingredient. It can also be used as an anesthetic lubricant for intubation. It works by blocking nerve signals in the body, which helps to reduce pain and discomfort in the affected area.
Use and Dosage
Xylocaine ointment should only be used externally. Before application, carefully read the label for information about the directions. Clean the affected area and dry it properly, then apply a thin layer of the ointment on the affected skin or mucous membrane area as directed by your healthcare professional. It should be applied 2-3 times a day, but dosage and usage frequency may vary depending on the severity of the condition. Do not exceed the recommended dose or duration of use without consulting your doctor.
If you have an infection or sore on the area to be treated, talk to your doctor before using Xylocaine Ointment. Avoid using the ointment on large areas of your skin and keep it away from your eyes, ears, and nose. Additionally, avoid covering the area with waterproof bandages or plastic and applying heat unless your doctor tells you to do so. After applying the ointment, wash your hands unless you are treating an affected area on your hands. If the ointment accidentally gets into your eyes, nose, or ears, rinse them right away with clean water.
Common Side Effects of Xylocaine Ointment (Lidocaine):
- Numbness in places where the medicine is accidentally applied
- Bruising, redness, itching, or swelling
Serious Side Effects of Xylocaine Ointment (Lidocaine):
- Allergic reactions, such as: rash, hives, itching, swelling, difficulty breathing, or tightness in the chest
- Numbness or tingling around the mouth or in the fingers and toes
- Confusion, dizziness, fainting, seizures, or irregular heartbeats
- Severe skin irritation at the application site
Forms and Strength
Xylocaine Ointment (Lidocaine) is available in the following forms and strength:
Xylocaine Ointment: Ointment
- Do not use it if you are allergic to Lidocaine or any of the other ingredients in the ointment.
- Use caution when applying the ointment to large areas of the body or in high doses, as this may increase the risk of side effects.
- Xylocaine ointment should not be used on broken or damaged skin, as it can increase the absorption of Lidocaine and lead to systemic side effects.
- Use carefully and according to the instructions provided by your healthcare provider during pregnancy or while breastfeeding.
- Inform your healthcare provider of any other medications you are taking, as they may interact with Lidocaine.
- Do not use Xylocaine ointment for longer than the prescribed period, as this may decrease its effectiveness and increase the risk of side effects.
- Consult with your healthcare provider if you experience any skin irritation, rash, or other signs of an allergic reaction.
- Xylocaine ointment may lead to side effects such as burning, stinging, itching, or redness at the application site.
- Lidocaine topical products can be misused or abused, which can lead to addiction or overdose.
- Xylocaine ointment may interfere with certain medical tests, such as methemoglobinemia or glucose tests.
- Lidocaine may decrease the efficacy of certain vaccines, so individuals should check with their healthcare provider before using Xylocaine ointment before receiving any vaccine injections.
- Patients with liver or kidney disease may need a dose adjustment or special monitoring while using Xylocaine ointment.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Can Xylocaine ointment be used for toothache or other dental pain?
No. Xylocaine ointment is not intended for use inside the mouth and should not be used for dental pain. There are other lidocaine-containing products specifically designed for dental use.
How often can Xylocaine ointment be applied?
The frequency of application will vary depending on the instructions of the prescribing healthcare provider. Follow the recommended dosing guidelines and do not exceed the maximum recommended dose.
Can Xylocaine ointment be used on children?
Yes, Xylocaine ointment can be used on children, but only as directed by a healthcare provider. Pediatric dosing and administration may differ from adult use.
Can Xylocaine ointment be used during pregnancy or while breastfeeding?
Xylocaine ointment should only be used during pregnancy or while breastfeeding if specifically directed by a healthcare provider.
Can Xylocaine ointment be used for cosmetic procedures such as laser hair removal or tattooing?
Yes, Xylocaine ointment is commonly used for cosmetic procedures that may cause pain or discomfort. However, it must be used as instructed by the healthcare provider to reduce the risk of side effects.
It's important to purchase Xylocaine Ointment from verified Canadian pharmacy.