lidocaine (Lidoderm, Xylocaine)

Local Anesthetics

LIDOCAINE is an anesthetic. It causes loss of feeling in the skin and surrounding tissues. It is used to prevent and to treat pain from some procedures.

Side effects of lidocaine

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Be careful to avoid injury while the area is numb and you are not aware of pain. If this medicine is used in the mouth or throat, do not chew gum or eat food for at least one hour. If the area is still numb, you may choke or bite your tongue or cheek if you try to chew or swallow. Also, you may not feel pain from hot foods or drinks.

Do not apply this medicine to areas of skin that are infected, open, or damaged. This may increase the amount of medicine that passes through your skin and increase the risk of serious side effects.

  • medicines to control heart rhythm.

Do not use any other skin products on the affected area without asking your doctor or health care professional.

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:

  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
  • breathing problems
  • chest pain, continued irregular heartbeats
  • headache
  • seizures
  • trembling, shaking
  • unusually weak or tired

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • localized numbness

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