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Xylocaine solution

Pronunciation

Generic Name: lidocaine (LIE-doe-cane)
Brand Name: Xylocaine

Xylocaine solution is used for:

Temporarily relieving pain of the mouth, throat, or nose, and certain parts of the digestive tract. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Xylocaine solution is a local anesthetic. It works by preventing nerves from transmitting painful impulses to the brain.

Do NOT use Xylocaine solution if:

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

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

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Before using Xylocaine solution:

Some medical conditions may interact with Xylocaine 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 a blood infection or severe injury of the mouth or throat
  • 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

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

  • Amiodarone, beta-adrenergic blockers (eg, metoprolol), cimetidine, or mexiletine because side effects, such as confusion, dizziness, lightheadedness, or tiredness, may occur

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

Use Xylocaine 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 Xylocaine 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 Xylocaine solution.
  • Do not get Xylocaine solution in your eyes.
  • If you miss a dose of Xylocaine solution, 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 Xylocaine solution.

Important safety information:

  • Xylocaine solution may cause drowsiness, dizziness, or blurred vision. These effects may be worse if you take it with alcohol or certain medicines. Use Xylocaine 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 Xylocaine solution before you receive any medical or dental care, emergency care, or surgery.
  • Xylocaine solution may make it difficult for you to swallow. Do not eat anything for at least 1 hour after Xylocaine 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.
  • Xylocaine solution may cause a numbing effect at the application site. Do not scratch, rub, or expose the area to extreme hot or cold temperature until the numbness is gone.
  • 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 Xylocaine 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 Xylocaine solution while you are pregnant. Xylocaine solution is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use Xylocaine solution, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of Xylocaine solution:

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:

Redness or swelling at the application site.

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); choking; confusion; dizziness or lightheadedness; fast breathing; fast, slow, or irregular heartbeat; fever; mood or mental changes; ringing in the ears or hearing changes; seizures; shortness of breath; swelling of the throat; vision changes.

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 ( http://www.aapcc.org), 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 lightheadedness; slow or irregular heartbeat; tremor; twitching; unconsciousness; vomiting.

Proper storage of Xylocaine solution:

Store Xylocaine solution at room temperature, between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C), in a tightly closed container. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Keep Xylocaine solution out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

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

Issue Date: April 2, 2014
Database Edition 14.2.1.001
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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