Is the lidocaine patch , 5%, available by prescription- I have severe arthritis in my shoulder, hand, etc. Creams don't work for me- I will ask my pain doctor about this - I know that any kind of lidocaine, 5%, is only available by prescription, and only in very special cases, like, i.e., diabetic neuropathy- Is this true- I don't want my pain doctor (who is wonderful, BTW) to think I'm a dummy! Do you think that he would write me a prescription for lidocaine, 5%, for severe arthritis and tendonitis? The cream never help me at all, but I prefer patches as, for me, they work best- I use currently use 4% , patches, but they aren't strong enough- I just don't want to be popping Motrin all day! Any advice would be very much appreciated, and I will be very grateful, as my pain gets really bad at times!
I have used these patches for about 3 years for lower back pain. I have severe osteoporosis, degenerative disk disease, scoliosis, arthritis, and spinal stenosis. I have had some procedures for my back pain. My pain physician also prescribed the lidocaine patches--now the generic lidoderm. It has given me some additional relief. The prescription is now being written by my rheumatologist. (BTW, I don't have diabetic neuropathy.)
However--I was just informed by my insurance company that they will not cover this any longer. My physician tried to write a script this past week and it has been denied. I am told to buy otc patches which are 4% lidocaine--the prescription strength is 5%.
I had been getting this prescription filled for several years without a problem.
I can't take ibuprofen or aspirin. Some days I take one arthritis strength tylenol.
I do think the lidocaine (lidoderm) patches helped. They are easy to use. I would say they are an additional tool to relieve chronic pain. I think the prescription strength patches would be worth a try--at the very least, it would be worth a discussion with your physician.
I don't have arthritis, but I have found the patches helpful for my condition. My skin gets slightly red after 12 hours but aside from that I use them all time. I also don't think they stick very well especially in playces like the neck and the shoulder where there is lots of movement. Hope this helps you.
I have degenerative disk disease/scoliosis in my neck and lower back (also osteo-arthritis in my hands, hips, and knee but I've not tried patches for these conditions as surgery as done the trick so far). Counter-intuitively, my lower back pain was far worse 30 years ago than it is today when at most it's an occasional ache, rather than an excruciating acute period of pain. What's recent has been neck pain. I first had severe debilitating neck pain 4 years and discovered a medical speciality I didn't know existed before: Pain medicine. She demonstrated with X-ray pics the mechanics of my pain and prescribed lidocaine patches and Flexeril. I was skeptical as to how a topical application like lidocaine patches could be effective.
I couldn't have been more wrong: The Flexeril helped but just sent me to sleep which was of no practical use in managing my pain for most of the 24-hour day. Conversely, after a night-time applications of the patch to the back of my neck, I experienced significant relief. Within a month of nightly applications, I no longer needed the patches as the pain had gone and didn't reappear until last week. I immediately applied nightly patches and within 5 days, the pain disappeared.
I am thus a big fan of these patches. The only downside is that they're awkward to apply and keep in place. The method I use (since the adhesive on the patch seemed to last only a few minutes) is medical tape around the patch (top and bottom) and right around my neck to secure the patch in place overnight. Also, I don't imagine use of the patch would be easy in some areas of the body like the hands as it would difficult to keep it on the skin surface for the needed length of time.
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