Lidocaine patch

Generic Name: lidocaine (LYE-doe-kane/MEN-thol)
Brand Name: Examples include LenzaPatch and Terocin

Lidocaine patch is used for:

Temporary relief of minor muscle and joint aches and pains caused by arthritis, simple backache, strains, tendon problems, or nerve problems. It can also be used to help with certain types of headaches. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Lidocaine patch is a topical analgesic. It works by temporarily relieving minor pain.

Do NOT use lidocaine patch if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in lidocaine patch

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

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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 a wound at the affected area or your skin is broken, reddened, or damaged in any way

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with lidocaine patch. Because little, if any, of lidocaine patch is absorbed into the blood, the risk of it interacting with another medicine is low.

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 wounds or damaged skin.
  • Open pouch and remove patch. Peel off protective backing and apply the sticky side to the affected area.
  • Wash your hands immediately after using lidocaine patch.
  • Do not bandage tightly after applying lidocaine patch.
  • Reseal the pouch that has unused patches in it after each use.
  • If you miss a dose of lidocaine patch and you are using it regularly, use it as soon as possible. If several hours have passed or if it is nearing time for the next dose, do not double the dose to catch up, unless advised by your health care provider. Do not use 2 doses at once.

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, ears, lips, mouth, or genital area. If you get it in any of these areas, rinse right away with cool water.
  • Do NOT use more than the recommended dose or use more often than directed without checking with your doctor.
  • If your symptoms do not get better or if they get worse, check with your doctor.
  • Talk with your doctor before you use any other medicines on your skin.
  • Lidocaine patch may cause harm if it is swallowed. If you may have taken it by mouth, contact your poison control center or emergency room right away.
  • Lidocaine patch should not be used in CHILDREN younger than 12 years old without first checking with the child's doctor; safety and effectiveness in these children have not been confirmed.
  • 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. It is not known if lidocaine patch is found in breast milk after topical use. 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. No COMMON side effects have been reported with lidocaine patch. Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); burning, redness, warmth or stinging at the application site; severe dizziness.

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 room temperature, between 59 and 68 degrees F (15 and 20 degrees C). Store away from heat and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep lidocaine patch out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • 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.

Issue Date: November 5, 2014
Database Edition 14.4.1.002
Copyright © 2014 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

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.

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