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Xylocaine solution

Pronunciation

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

Xylocaine solution is used for:

Causing loss of feeling during dental or surgical procedures, labor, or delivery. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Xylocaine solution is an 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 to similar medications (eg, amide-type local 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 are very ill or have heart, liver, or kidney problems
  • if you have nervous system problems, spinal problems, severe high blood pressure, or an infection in your blood and are scheduled to have spinal anesthesia

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.

  • Xylocaine solution is usually given as an injection at your doctor's office, hospital, or clinic.
  • If you miss a dose of Xylocaine solution, contact your doctor right away.

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.
  • If you are going home before the numbness wears off, protect the treated are from injury until you regain feeling. If you received Xylocaine solution for a dental procedure, do not chew gum or eat until the feeling comes back. Also be careful not to bite your tongue or the inside of your mouth.
  • Use Xylocaine solution with caution in the ELDERLY; they may be more sensitive to its effects.
  • Xylocaine solution should be used with extreme caution in CHILDREN; safety and effectiveness in children have not been confirmed.
  • 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:

Backache; headache; minor pain, swelling, or redness at injection 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); changes in hearing; confusion; dizziness, drowsiness, or lightheadedness; loss of bowel or bladder control; loss of consciousness; numbness lasting for more than a few hours; restlessness; ringing in the ears; seizures; sensation of heat, cold, or numbness; slow, fast, or irregular heartbeat; tremor or 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 or double vision; confusion; difficulty breathing; dizziness; drowsiness; lightheadedness; loss of consciousness; nervousness; ringing in the ears; seizures; sensations of heat, cold, or numbness; shortness of breath; slow, fast, or irregular heartbeat; tremor; twitching; vomiting.

Proper storage of Xylocaine solution:

Xylocaine solution is usually handled and stored by a health care provider. If you are using Xylocaine solution at home, store Xylocaine solution as directed by your pharmacist or health care provider. Store away from heat 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: September 3, 2014
Database Edition 14.3.1.003
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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