› Lidoderm (Lidocaine) can treat pain better for people who can't take oral pain medications due to allergies or bad side effects.
› Has been shown to relieve nerve pain due to shingles for up to 12 hours at a time.
› Patches can be cut into smaller pieces to best fit the areas of skin they need to be used on.
Downsides and risks
› Can cause skin irritation after using it the first time, but for most people it's mild and goes away in a few minutes or hours.
› Used patches contain enough medicine to be dangerous to children and pets, so store and dispose of the patches in a safe place out of their reach.
› Might not be the best choice if you've had allergic reactions to numbing medications (local anesthetics) in the past.
› Even though only small amounts of Lidoderm (Lidocaine) are absorbed into the body through the skin, if you're taking medications that treat arrhythmias, Lidoderm (Lidocaine) can affect how they work.
› Patches shouldn't be left on for more than 12 hours, used on very large areas of skin, or covered with a heating pad.
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
› Starts working with the first dose, but full effects can take longer.
› Remove the protective lining on the patch before applying the patch to unbroken skin.
› Leave the patch on for up to 12 hours during a 24 hour period.
› You can cut the patches to create a custom fit for the area of skin you need to apply it to.
› Don't place any tight wraps or heating pads over the patch while it's on.
› Make sure not to touch your eyes after touching the patch. Always wash your hands after putting it on or taking it off.