Generic Name(s): lidocaine
Drug Class: Anesthetic
Treats: Given before and during surgery, childbirth, or dental work, emergency heart rhythm problems
Xylocaine is used to trigger loss of feeling during procedures such as surgery, labor, and delivery. Xylocaine may also be used to reduce itching and pain brought about by certain skin conditions such as eczema and insect bites. Xylocaine is a prescription drug that is available under a doctor's directions.
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Xylocaine is also used to treat minor discomfort and itching brought about by hemorrhoids and other conditions affecting the genital and anal area. Xylocaine belongs to a class of drugs known as anesthetics and works by momentarily causing numbness to the mucous membrane. Do not use Xylocaine if you are suffering from acute nervous system problems, have spinal problems, infection in your blood or are scheduled to have spinal anesthesia. Also, inform your doctor if you are pregnant, planning to be or are breastfeeding before Xylocaine is administered to you.
- Numbing Agent
- Labor and Delivery
Xylocaine should be used as directed by the doctor. The doctor may use factors such as your weight, age, height, medical history and response to treatment to determine the dose. This means that the Xylocaine may be different from one patient to the other. The time, duration between doses and the length of using Xylocaine is determined by the severity of the condition being treated.
- Xylocaine dosage, Instill 30 to 40 ml in 3 to 4 portions and let it act for about 10 to 12 minutes. The doctor may recommend the change of dose as needed.
If you miss a Xylocaine dose, be sure to contact your doctor immediately for advice. This is because Xylocaine is used on an as-needed-basis.
Xylocaine Side Effects
Xylocaine causes side effects, just like other medicine. However, depending on the body's ability to handle the effects of the drug, some people may not experience the side effects after all. Seek medical advice if the following common side effects do not go away or get worse.
- Blurred vision
- Feeling tired
Stop taking Xylocaine and call your doctor if you experience the following severe side effects.
- High blood press
- Shaking in the legs
- Trembling of the hand and feet
- False sense of well-being
Some drugs and substances may interact with Xylocaine. Mostly, Xylocaine is not used alongside other drugs unless authorized by the doctor. Share a list of all drugs, over the counter and prescription as well as dietary supplements with your doctor to make it easy for him or her monitor any possible interactions.
It is also imperative that you avoid starting, stopping or changing the use of any medicine without informing your doctor while taking Xylocaine.