Prescription onlyLower-cost generic availableClass: Pain

Lidoderm

(Lidocaine)

Prescription onlyLower-cost generic availableClass: Pain
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Treats nerve pain.

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Lidoderm (Lidocaine) patches work well by releasing a local anesthetic into the skin and relieving pain by targeting damaged nerves.

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Upsides

  • 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

  • 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.
How it works

Lidoderm (Lidocaine) is a local anesthetic. It absorbs into your skin where it targets damaged nerves and relieves burning pain.

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Side effect rates for Lidoderm (Lidocaine)

Risks and Warnings for Lidoderm (Lidocaine)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Use of heating pad on skin
    • Applying patch to red, irritated or broken skin
    • Leaving patch on for more than 12 hours
    • Using patch on a very large area
    • Older age and lower body weight
    • Liver disease

    Lidoderm (Lidocaine) can build up in the body if too much is absorbed or if the drug can't be removed correctly. Symptoms include irregular heartbeat, slowed breathing, seizures and if serious can lead to death. Do not leave Lidoderm (Lidocaine) on skin longer than 12 hours, use on very large areas, or cover with a tight wrap or heating pad, all can increase the total amount of medication in the body and cause an overdose. Older more frail patients might be more sensitive. Lidoderm (Lidocaine) is removed from the body by the liver so if you have liver disease talk to your doctor about possible changes in your dose.

Common concerns from people taking Lidoderm (Lidocaine)

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  • 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.