Lidocaine is an anesthetic that is commonly used in modern medicine to control or prevent pain that arises during certain medical procedures. Lidocaine is also used for less serious ailments such as minor burns, insect bites, and abrasions. Lidocaine may provide relief by numbing or completely eradicating the pain during procedures. This drug is potent and has many uses; ask your doctor if lidocaine would be a good anesthetic for your condition, treatment or procedure.
Lidocaine comes in a wide variety of forms from injectables to intravenous solutions, gels and creams, nasal sprays, ointments, patches, inhalers, drops, and more. If your doctor prescribes lidocaine for your use at home, contact your compounding pharmacist and he or she will work directly with your doctor to create a customized form of delivery perfect for your situation or needs. As always, follow your doctor's precise directions regarding usage, application, or dosage, whichever may apply based on your condition or form of delivery.
Side effects may be experienced by some users, though others may experience no side effects at all. Take notice of any changes you feel while using this drug in any form and contact your doctor right away if any side effect feels like it is lingering or perhaps getting worse. Common side effects seen with lidocaine are:
Many other side effects may present. Always seek medical attention immediately if you experience anything that is troubling.
While you may not experience any side effects from lidocaine use, severe side effects are certainly possible and you should watch closely for them while taking or using this drug in any form. If you encounter any severe side effects listed below or anything that feels severe, listed below or not, contact your doctor immediately and get medical attention right away.
Call for immediate emergency transport if you cannot get to the hospital on your own. Anaphylaxis could be life threatening and requires immediate emergency medical care.
Never take or use this drug without your doctor's approval. Anyone considering use of this drug in any form should undergo a complete medical overview, consultation, and physical with their primary care doctor.
Many conditions, diseases, and drug interactions may constitute a problem and thus contraindicate the use of lidocaine, so ask your doctor about contraindications that may be relevant to you. Follow your doctor's directions and never take this drug unless he or she approves of its use.
Lidocaine is contraindicated for the following:
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