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Lidocaine and menthol cream

Generic Name: lidocaine and menthol (LYE-doe-kane & MEN-thol)
Brand Name: Examples include LenzaGel and Synvexia TC

Lidocaine and menthol cream is used for:

Relieving itching and painful skin problems (eg, minor burns, abrasions, insect bites, scrapes), including conditions around the groin or anal area (eg, hemorrhoids, fissures). It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Lidocaine and menthol cream is a topical anesthetic. It works by temporarily relieving minor skin irritation.

Do NOT use lidocaine and menthol cream if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in lidocaine and menthol cream
  • you have an infection at the affected area

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

Before using lidocaine and menthol cream:

Some medical conditions may interact with lidocaine and menthol cream. 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 ill or in poor health
  • if you have a wound at the affected area or your skin is broken, reddened, or damaged in any way

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with lidocaine and menthol cream. Because little, if any, of lidocaine and menthol cream is absorbed into the blood, the risk of it interacting with another medicine is low.

Ask your health care provider if lidocaine and menthol cream 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 lidocaine and menthol cream:

Use lidocaine and menthol cream as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Lidocaine and menthol cream is only to be used on intact, clean, dry skin. Do not apply lidocaine and menthol cream to wounds or damaged skin.
  • Wash your hands before and after use. Do not wash your hands after use if you are putting lidocaine and menthol cream on your hands.
  • Clean the affected area before using lidocaine and menthol cream. Make sure to dry it well.
  • Put a thin layer on the affected area and rub it in gently.
  • Do not use coverings (bandages, dressings, makeup) unless told to do so by the doctor.
  • If you miss a dose of lidocaine and menthol cream and you are using it regularly, put it on 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 put on 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use lidocaine and menthol cream.

Important safety information:

  • Lidocaine and menthol cream is for external use only. Do not get it in your eyes, ears, lips, mouth, or genital area. If you get it in any of these areas, rinse at once with cool water.
  • Do NOT use more than the recommended dose or use more often than directed without checking with your doctor.
  • Do not use large amounts of lidocaine and menthol cream. Do not use over a large area, raw skin, or blisters. Discuss any questions or concerns with your doctor.
  • If your symptoms do not get better or if they get worse, check with your doctor.
  • Talk with your doctor before you use any other medicines on your skin.
  • Use lidocaine and menthol cream with caution in the ELDERLY; they may be more sensitive to its effects.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using lidocaine and menthol cream 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 lidocaine and menthol cream, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of lidocaine and menthol cream:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. No COMMON side effects have been reported with lidocaine and menthol cream. 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); burning or stinging at the application site; numbness or tingling; skin irritation; symptoms of skin infection (eg, oozing, heat, swelling, redness, pain).

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.

Proper storage of lidocaine and menthol cream:

Store lidocaine and menthol cream at room temperature away from heat and sunlight. Do not freeze. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep lidocaine and menthol cream out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about lidocaine and menthol cream, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Lidocaine and menthol cream 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 lidocaine and menthol cream 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 lidocaine and menthol cream. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to lidocaine and menthol cream. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your health care provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using lidocaine and menthol cream.

Review Date: August 8, 2016

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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