lidocaine (Ophthalmic route)

Pronunciation

LYE-doe-kane

Commonly used brand name(s)

In the U.S.

  • Akten

Available Dosage Forms:

  • Gel/Jelly
  • Solution

Therapeutic Class: Anesthetic, Local

Chemical Class: Amino Amide

Uses For lidocaine

Lidocaine belongs to the family of medicines called local anesthetics. lidocaine is applied in the eye to cause numbness or loss of feeling before certain procedures. It works by blocking the signals at the nerve endings in the eye.

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lidocaine is available only with your doctor's prescription.

Before Using lidocaine

In deciding to use a medicine, the risks of taking the medicine must be weighed against the good it will do. This is a decision you and your doctor will make. For lidocaine, the following should be considered:

Allergies

Tell your doctor if you have ever had any unusual or allergic reaction to lidocaine or any other medicines. Also tell your health care professional if you have any other types of allergies, such as to foods, dyes, preservatives, or animals. For non-prescription products, read the label or package ingredients carefully.

Pediatric

Appropriate studies on the relationship of age to the effects of lidocaine ophthalmic gel have not been performed in the pediatric population. Safety and efficacy have not been established.

Geriatric

Appropriate studies performed to date have not demonstrated geriatric-specific problems that would limit the usefulness of lidocaine ophthalmic gel in the elderly.

Interactions with Medicines

Although certain medicines should not be used together at all, in other cases two different medicines may be used together even if an interaction might occur. In these cases, your doctor may want to change the dose, or other precautions may be necessary. Tell your healthcare professional if you are taking any other prescription or nonprescription (over-the-counter [OTC]) medicine.

Interactions with Food/Tobacco/Alcohol

Certain medicines should not be used at or around the time of eating food or eating certain types of food since interactions may occur. Using alcohol or tobacco with certain medicines may also cause interactions to occur. Discuss with your healthcare professional the use of your medicine with food, alcohol, or tobacco.

Proper Use of lidocaine

A nurse or other trained health professional will give you lidocaine. lidocaine is given by applying the correct number of drops to the surface of your eye in the area of the planned procedure. For most procedures, two drops will be all that is needed. However, for some other procedures, several applications of the medicine may be needed.

Precautions While Using lidocaine

After lidocaine is applied to the eye, do not rub or wipe the eye until the feeling in the eye returns. To do so may cause injury or damage to the eye.

lidocaine Side Effects

Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor or nurse immediately if any of the following side effects occur:

More common
  • Blurred vision or other changes in vision
  • burning feeling at site of application
  • redness of the white part of eyes or inside of eyelids

Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

More common
  • Headache

Other side effects not listed may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your healthcare professional.

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

See also: Side effects (in more detail)

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