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Lidocaine solution

Pronunciation

Generic Name: lidocaine (LYE-doe-kane)
Brand Name: Generic only. No brands available.

Lidocaine solution is used for:

Temporarily relieving pain of the mouth and throat. It is also used to reduce gagging during certain dental procedures. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Lidocaine solution is a local anesthetic. It works by numbing the affected area.

Do NOT use lidocaine solution if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in lidocaine solution or other similar medicines (eg, amide-type anesthetics such as dibucaine)

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

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Before using lidocaine solution:

Some medical conditions may interact with lidocaine solution. 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 had a severe allergic reaction (eg, severe rash, hives, difficulty breathing, dizziness) to any anesthetic medicine
  • if you are ill or have a mouth or throat injury
  • if you have heart problems (eg, irregular heartbeat), liver problems, or kidney problems

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with lidocaine solution. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:

  • Amiodarone, beta-blockers (eg, metoprolol), cimetidine, or mexiletine because they may increase the risk of lidocaine solution's side effects

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if lidocaine solution 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 solution:

Use lidocaine solution as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Depending on the condition being treated, you may need to swish lidocaine solution around the mouth and spit it out, gargle and swallow it, or apply it to the affected area with a cotton-tipped applicator. Carefully follow the directions provided by your doctor for using lidocaine solution.
  • Shake well before each use.
  • Do not get lidocaine solution in your eyes.
  • If you miss a dose of lidocaine solution and you are using it regularly, use it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not use 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use lidocaine solution.

Important safety information:

  • Lidocaine solution may cause drowsiness, dizziness, and blurred vision. These effects may be worse if you take it with alcohol or certain medicines. Use lidocaine solution 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 solution before you receive any medical or dental care, emergency care, or surgery.
  • Lidocaine solution may make it difficult for you to swallow. Do not eat anything for at least 1 hour after lidocaine solution has been applied in the mouth or throat area.
  • Numbness of the tongue may cause you to bite the inside of your mouth accidentally. Do not eat any food or chew gum while your mouth or throat area is numb.
  • Do not use more medicine, apply it more often, or use it for longer than prescribed. Your condition will not improve faster, but the risk of side effects may be increased.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: It is not known if lidocaine solution can cause harm to the fetus. If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using lidocaine solution while you are pregnant. Lidocaine solution is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use lidocaine solution, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of lidocaine solution:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. No COMMON side effects have been reported with lidocaine solution. Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (blisters or sores in the mouth; rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); choking; confusion; dizziness or light-headedness; drowsiness; fainting; mood or mental changes (eg nervousness); ringing in the ears; seizures; slow or irregular heartbeat; slow, shallow, or difficult breathing; tremors; twitching; vision changes (eg blurred or double vision); 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. Symptoms may include apprehension; blurred vision; confusion; difficulty breathing; nervousness; ringing in the ears; seizures; sensations of heat, cold, or numbness; severe dizziness, drowsiness, or light-headedness; slow or irregular heartbeat; tremor; twitching; unconsciousness; vomiting.

Proper storage of lidocaine solution:

Store lidocaine solution at room temperature, between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 and 25 degrees C), in a tightly closed container. Do not freeze. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Keep lidocaine solution out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about lidocaine solution, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Lidocaine solution 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 solution 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 solution. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to lidocaine solution. 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 solution.

Issue Date: July 2, 2014
Database Edition 14.3.1.001
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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