Generic Name: lidocaine (LYE-doe-kane)
Brand Name: Lidoderm
Lidocaine patch is used for:
Relieving pain associated with herpes zoster (shingles).
Lidocaine patch is a local anesthetic. It works by stopping nerves from transmitting painful impulses to the brain.
Do NOT use lidocaine patch if:
- you are allergic to any ingredient in lidocaine patch or other similar medicines (eg, amide-type medicines)
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Before using lidocaine patch:
Some medical conditions may interact with lidocaine patch. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:
- if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
- if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
- if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
- if you have broken, damaged, or inflamed skin at the application site
- if you have heart, liver, or kidney problems
- if you have had a severe allergic reaction (eg, severe rash, hives, difficulty breathing, dizziness) to any anesthetic medicine (eg, benzocaine)
- if you have very poor health
- if you are using another medicine that contains an anesthetic
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with lidocaine patch. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:
- Beta-blockers (eg, propranolol) or cimetidine because they may increase the risk of lidocaine patch's side effects
- Antiarrhythmics (eg, amiodarone, mexiletine, tocainide) or local anesthetics (eg, benzocaine) because the risk of their side effects may be increased by lidocaine patch
This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if lidocaine patch may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.
How to use lidocaine patch:
Use lidocaine patch as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
- Lidocaine patch is only to be used on intact, clean, dry skin. Do not apply lidocaine patch to broken, damaged, or inflamed skin.
- Wash your hands before and immediately after using lidocaine patch.
- Remove the liner on the patch. Apply the patch so that it covers the painful area. If the painful area is larger than the patch, apply the patch over the most painful area. Patches may also be cut into smaller sizes before removing the liner if desired. Be sure to discard the unused pieces of cut patches out of the reach of children and pets.
- If irritation or burning occurs when you apply the patch, remove it. Do not reapply any patches until the irritation stops.
- Patches may be worn for up to 12 hours within a 24-hour period as directed by your doctor. Clothing may be worn over the area where the patch is applied.
- After removing a patch, fold it in half with the sticky sides together. Discard the patch out of reach of children and away from pets. Do not apply another patch to the same area of skin for 12 hours.
- If you miss a dose of lidocaine patch, use the dose when you remember. Continue to use it as directed by your doctor. Do not use lidocaine patch for more than 12 hours in a 24-hour period. Do not use 2 doses sooner than 12 hours apart.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use lidocaine patch.
Important safety information:
- Lidocaine patch is for external use only. Avoid contact with your eyes, nose, and mouth. If you get lidocaine patch in your eyes, rinse immediately with cool water.
- Lidocaine patch may cause drowsiness, dizziness, or blurred vision. These effects may be worse if you take it with alcohol or certain medicines. Use lidocaine patch with caution. Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to it.
- Tell your doctor or dentist that you take lidocaine patch before you receive any medical or dental care, emergency care, or surgery.
- Lidocaine patch will cause a numbing effect at the application site. Do not scratch, rub, or expose the area to extreme hot or cold temperatures until the numbness is gone.
- Do NOT use more medicine, apply more often, or use for longer than prescribed. Your condition will not improve faster, but the risk of side effects may be increased.
- Lidocaine patch may cause harm if it is chewed or swallowed. If you may have taken it by mouth, contact your poison control center or emergency room right away.
- Do not place sources of heat (eg, heating pad, electric blanket) over the patch; they may increase the risk of lidocaine patch's side effects.
- Use lidocaine patch with caution in the ELDERLY; they may be more sensitive to its effects.
- Lidocaine patch should be used with extreme caution in CHILDREN; safety and effectiveness in children have not been confirmed. CHILDREN may be more sensitive to the effects of lidocaine patch.
- PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using lidocaine patch while you are pregnant. Lidocaine patch is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use lidocaine patch, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.
Possible side effects of lidocaine patch:
All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:
Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
Mild redness, swelling, burning, blisters, bruising, irritation, change in skin color, or numbness at the application site.
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue; unusual hoarseness); chest, jaw, or left arm pain, numbness of an arm or leg, or sudden, severe headache; confusion; dizziness or lightheadedness; fainting; fast, slow, or irregular heartbeat; feeling of being unusually warm, cold, or numb; mood or mental changes; nervousness; ringing in the ears or hearing changes; seizures; shallow or slow breathing; shortness of breath; tremors or twitching; unusual drowsiness; vision changes; vomiting.
This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately.Proper storage of lidocaine patch:
Store lidocaine patch at 77 degrees F (25 degrees C). Brief storage between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C) is permitted. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep the child-resistant envelope sealed at all times when not in use. Keep lidocaine patch out of the reach of children and away from pets.
- If you have any questions about lidocaine patch, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- Lidocaine patch is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
- If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
- Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.
This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take lidocaine patch or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about lidocaine patch. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to lidocaine patch. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using lidocaine patch.
Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.