What is Lidocaine for ?

This medication is a local anesthetic, indicated for local or regional anesthesia.

How does Lidocaine work ?

It prevents nerves from sending painful impulses to the brain.

How should Lidocaine be used ?

It comes as a solution for injection to be administered by a healthcare provider into the vein or muscle. It also comes as a cream, gel, and solution to apply topically.

Common side effects of Lidocaine ?

Dizziness, drowsiness, vomiting, blurred vision and slurred speech.

What do I do if I miss a dose ?

Generally its given on needed basis.

What precautions should I take when taking Lidocaine ?

If you have an allergy to lidocaine, prilocaine, or any other part of this drug. Tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs. Make sure to tell about the allergy and what signs you had. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.

When do I need to seek medical help ?

If you think there was an overdose, call your local poison control center or ER right away. Signs of a very bad reaction to the drug. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue or gray skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat. A fast heartbeat. Trouble breathing. Very bad dizziness or passing out. Very bad skin irritation. Any rash. Side effect or health problem is not better or you are feeling worse.

Can I take Lidocaine with other medicines ?

Sometimes drugs are not safe when you take them with certain other drugs and food. - Taking them together can cause bad side effects. - Be sure to talk to your doctor about all the drugs you take.

Are there any food restrictions ?

Avoid Alcohol.

How do I store Lidocaine ?

Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children. - Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.

Pregnancy Category ?

Category B : Animal reproduction studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women OR Animal studies have shown an adverse effect, but adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus in any trimester.

Therapeutic Classification ?

Anaesthetics- Local & General.