Generic Name: lidocaine
Drug Class: local anesthetic
Lidoderm Patch Indications
Lidoderm is a prescription patch used to relieve the pain associated with post-herpetic neuralgia. It is also used to reduce pain and itch caused by certain skin conditions, like scrapes, skin irritation, and insect bites.
Lidoderm Patch Dosage
This is available in Lidoderm Patch 5% lidocaine.
Lidoderm Patch Mechanism of Action
This local anesthetic can provide analgesia or pain relief by lowering the aberrant firing of sodium channels on damaged pain fibers that are directly under the lidocaine patch. It can relieve both superficial pain and non-superficial qualities of pain.
How to Use Lidoderm Patch
Before starting to use this patch, it is necessary to read the patient information leaflet or medication guide given by a healthcare professional. You must not use any medication unless you have understood the uses and directions. Further medical advice or additional details can be obtained from your doctor or pharmacist.
This patch must only be applied to intact skin. Do not apply it to any area that is irritated or injured. This can be applied three times a day, but no more than 8 hours for each application. Do not increase or decrease your Lidoderm Patch dosage or use it more frequently than recommended.
Step-by-step Guide on how to use Lidoderm:
- Wash your hands well.
- Choose the external area where you will apply the patch. It should be dry because the patch will not stick to a wet surface.
- Remove the protective liner from the patch.
- Gently apply the sticky side of the patch to your skin.
- Do not touch your eyes, nose, or mouth after application, and wash your hands thoroughly.
Lidoderm Patch Side Effects
Mild & Common Side Effects:
-Redness on the site
-Changes in skin color
Severe Side Effects:
-Shortness of breath
-Pale, bluish, or gray skin
-Mental or mood changes
Note that this is not a full/complete list of the side effects of Lidoderm.
If you experience severe or persistent adverse reactions, discontinue medication and call your doctor or any healthcare professional to report side effects.
Warnings and Precautions
Do not use this prescription drug if you have a known allergic reaction to lidocaine, other local anesthetics, or any inactive ingredients it may contain. Always be watchful for any serious allergy symptoms, including trouble breathing, swelling of the face and neck, severe dizziness, swollen lymph nodes, hives/itchiness, and skin rashes. If this occurs, stop using this patch and seek emergency medical help immediately.
This medication may be contraindicated for people with a history of methemoglobinemia or liver disease. You should also discuss any prescription medications, nonprescription medications, supplements, and herbal products you are taking due to possible drug interactions.
While the patch is on, do not expose it to direct heat, including electric blankets, hot tubs, heating pads, sauna, and direct sunlight. Heat can stimulate the release of more lidocaine into your skin.
Before going through an MRI, inform your doctor or the radiologist that you have a lidocaine patch. This patch may contain a metal that can lead to serious burns during an MRI procedure. Your physician may ask you to remove the patch and apply a new one afterward.
Pregnant and breastfeeding moms must take this oral drug only if extremely necessary. It is necessary to discuss all the possible risks with a healthcare provider.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Is Lidoderm Patch a narcotic?
This product is not a narcotic. This is under the drug classification of local anesthetics.
How long does Lidoderm Patch stay in your system?
The effect of this patch depends on how long you wear it. Generally, the effect of a lidocaine patch can last for up to 12 hours.
How effective is Lidoderm Patch for neuropathic pain?
Lidoderm can numb the nerves. Studies suggest that this pain can directly help with neuropathic or nerve pain.
Can I use Lidoderm Patch for arthritis pain?
Arthritis pain is not among the indications of this medication. However, some doctors prescribe this patch off-label to relieve pain caused by arthritis.
Does Lidoderm Patch make you sleepy?
This patch can only give a localized effect. If you experience drowsiness, notify your healthcare provider.
Do you need a prescription for Lidoderm Patch?
This product is a prescription drug. It is required to have a valid prescription before purchasing from any pharmacy.