... 5% ointment how many times a day can I apply it to that area and what amount of ointment for each applicaction?
I am allowed to use topical Lidocaine 5% ointment 4 times a day but you should telephone your Drs office and clarify because your orders may be different depending on other factors. I was told to just apply enough to thinly coat the area and to wear an old cotton t-shirt or apply gauze pads over the area because it will grease stain clothes and bedclothes (sheets and blankets). Here is a copied section from the directions from the manufaturer on amounts to use:
A single application should not exceed 5 g of Lidocaine Ointment 5%, containing 250 mg of lidocaine base (equivalent chemically to approximately 300 mg of lidocaine hydrochloride). This is roughly equivalent to squeezing a six (6) inch length of ointment from the tube. In a 70 kg adult this dose equals 3.6 mg/kg (1.6 mg/lb) lidocaine base. No more than one-half tube, approximately 17-20 g of ointment or 850-1000 mg lidocaine base, should be administered in any one day.
Although the incidence of adverse effects with Lidocaine Ointment 5% is quite low, caution should be exercised, particularly when employing large amounts, since the incidence of adverse effects is directly proportional to the total dose of local anesthetic agent administered.
So no more than six inches per dose and no more than half a tube per day. I never have to use this amount. I may need an inch to cover my whole low back. I have ointment and I also have lidocaine patches. I really prefer the patches. They seem to work better than the ointment and are definitely less messy! You can put them on for 12 hours on and 12 hours off and up to three patches on your body at a time. They dont give me profound relief but they will sometimes take just enough of an edge to allow me to rest better. I find they are best used at bedtime. The ointment works great if you can find some kind person to give you a little massage using the Lidocaine instead of the massage oil. It seems to help relax the muscles better than just plain massage oil.
- Lidocaine Information for Consumers
- Lidocaine Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Lidocaine (detailed)
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