Generic Name(s): lidocaine
Drug Class: Local Anesthetics
Treats: Postherpetic Neuralgia
Lidoderm is an anesthetic that works by blocking nerve signals. Lidoderm is commonly prescribed for post-shingles pain, but is also used to reduce pain or discomfort from other skin afflictions.
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Lidoderm reduces pain and helps numb the skin from conditions caused by shingles, sunburn, insect bites, and other irritants.
Below you will find the different types of conditions that can be treated by using Lidoderm. Lidoderm can provide relief for:
- Pain after shingles. Lidoderm should only be applied to skin with no blisters.
- Poison oak, poison ivy
- Numbing agent for medical procedures
Lidoderm dosage is completely dependent on the individual that takes it, as it can be used for a variety of conditions. Note that the amount of Lidoderm you take also depends on the age of the individual. In addition to that the amount of Lidoderm you take also depends on the strength of medication and how many times it is taken per day.
Lidoderm dosage to relieve burning and pain in skin
- For adults, apply patch to painful area on skin. Apply only to intact skin. Typical dosage is one patch per day.
- Use no more than 3 patches per day and do not leave a patch on for longer than 12 hours.
- For children, consult with your doctor before usage and dosage.
Lidoderm Side Effects
Lidoderm, like any other drug, comes with its collection of side effects that vary with each individual who uses it. If you experience any severe side effects, consult with your doctor or medical professional immediately.
Common Lidoderm Side Effects:
- Mild burning or irritation
Consult with your doctor if you experience any of the following side effects:
- Blurred vision
- Nervousness or confusion
- Sudden mood or mental changes
- Dizziness or drowsiness
- Weakened heartbeat
- Symptoms of an allergic reaction, such as rash, itchy or swelling face, severe dizziness or difficulty breathing
Below you will find a list of Lidoderm drug and substance interactions. In many cases Lidoderm should not be combined with other medications unless approved by a physician. Consult your physician before taking any new medication.
Note that this list does not include a variety of over the counter drugs and vitamins that could also counteract and alter Lidoderm.
Drugs that interact with Lidoderm
- Class I antiarrhythmic drugs
- Other local anesthetics