Lidoderm

Generic Name: Lidocaine

  • What is Lidoderm?

    Lidoderm is a local anesthetic (pain reliever) patch used to relieve the nerve pain following an episode of shingles (painful rash caused by chickenpox virus).

  • What is the most important information I should know about Lidoderm?

    Even a used Lidoderm patch contains a large amount of lidocaine. The potential exists for a small child or pet to suffer serious adverse effects from chewing or ingesting a new or used Lidoderm patch. Properly store and dispose of new and used patches.

  • Who should not take Lidoderm?

    Do not use Lidoderm if you have a known history of sensitivity to local anesthetics or to any other component of the product.

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Lidoderm?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Lidoderm. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have a history of liver disease or irregular heart beat.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.

    Adults: Apply up to three patches to cover the most painful area. Use only once for up to 12 hours within a 24-hour period.

  • How should I take Lidoderm?

    Apply Lidoderm to intact skin only. Patches may be cut into smaller sizes with scissors prior to removal of the release liner. Apply immediately after removal from the protective envelope. Wash your hands after handling Lidoderm patches.

    Use only as directed; leaving a patch on for longer than recommended or using more than the recommended number of patches could result in an overdose.

  • What should I avoid while taking Lidoderm?

    Do not apply to broken or inflamed skin. Do not apply external heat sources, such as heating pads or electric blankets, over Lidoderm patches.

    Avoid contact with the eyes.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Lidoderm?

    If Lidoderm is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Lidoderm with antiarrhythmic drugs and local anesthetics.

  • What are the possible side effects of Lidoderm?

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

    Side effects may include: application-site reactions (such as burning, discoloration, redness, irritation, itching), allergic reactions (such as difficulty breathing, hives, itching)

  • Can I receive Lidoderm if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of Lidoderm during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Lidoderm?

    Lidoderm is used on an as-needed basis.

  • How should I store Lidoderm?

    Store and dispose of Lidoderm out of the reach of children and pets.

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