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Anestafoam foam

Generic name: lidocaine (LYE-doe-kane)
Brand name: Anestafoam

Anestafoam foam is used for:

Treating pain, itching, soreness, and discomfort of the skin or mucous membranes due to certain conditions such as minor cuts, minor burns, scrapes, insect bites, and sunburn.

Anestafoam foam is an anesthetic. It works by preventing nerves from transmitting painful impulses to the brain.

Do NOT use Anestafoam foam if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Anestafoam foam or to similar medications (eg, dibucaine)

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

Before using Anestafoam foam:

Some medical conditions may interact with Anestafoam foam. 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 had a severe allergic reaction (eg, severe rash, hives, difficulty breathing, dizziness) to any anesthetic medicine

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Anestafoam foam. Because little, if any, of Anestafoam foam is absorbed into the blood, the risk of it interacting with another medicine is low.

Ask your health care provider if Anestafoam foam 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 Anestafoam foam:

Use Anestafoam foam as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Shake well before each use.
  • You must prime the medicine before using it for the first time. To do this, shake vigorously and then remove the cap. Hold the can upright, away from the eyes and press down on the spout for 3 to 5 seconds or until the foam appears.
  • Wash and completely dry the affected area. Apply the medicine to the palm of the hand, then rub it onto the affected area. Replace the cap after each use.
  • Wash your hands immediately after using Anestafoam foam, unless your hands are part of the treated area.
  • Apply the medicine no more than 3 to 4 times per day, or as directed by your doctor.
  • Do not bandage or wrap the affected area, unless directed otherwise by your doctor.
  • If you miss a dose of Anestafoam foam, 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 Anestafoam foam.

Important safety information:

  • Anestafoam foam is for external use only. Do not get it in your eyes, ears, nose, or mouth. If you get it in your eyes, rinse at once with cool tap water and contact your doctor. Protect the eye until the numbness goes away.
  • Anestafoam foam may cause harm if it is swallowed. If you may have taken it by mouth, contact your poison control center or emergency room right away.
  • Anestafoam foam may cause a numbing effect at the application site. Do not scratch, rub, or expose the area to extreme hot or cold temperatures until the numbness is gone.
  • Do not apply Anestafoam foam over large areas of the body unless your doctor tells you to. Do not use more medicine, apply more often, or use for longer than prescribed. Your condition will not improve faster, but the risk of side effects may be increased.
  • Tell your doctor or dentist that you take Anestafoam foam before you receive any medical or dental care, emergency care, or surgery.
  • Anestafoam foam should not be used in CHILDREN younger than 2 years old without checking with a doctor.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: It is not known if Anestafoam foam can cause harm to the fetus. If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Anestafoam foam while you are pregnant. It is not known if this medicine is found in breast milk after topical use. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use Anestafoam foam, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of Anestafoam foam:

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 minor irritation 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); blurred vision; chest pain; dizziness; drowsiness; irregular heartbeat; severe or persistent redness or irritation; tremor.

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 blurred vision; chest pain; dizziness; drowsiness; irregular heartbeat; tremor.

Proper storage of Anestafoam foam:

Store Anestafoam foam at room temperature, between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C), in a tightly closed container. Do not store at temperatures above 120 degrees F (49 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date. Keep Anestafoam foam out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Anestafoam foam, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Anestafoam foam 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
  • Discard unused medicine and packaging in the trash out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take Anestafoam foam 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 Anestafoam foam. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to Anestafoam foam. 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 Anestafoam foam.

Issue Date: June 3, 2015

Further information

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