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Lidocaine Injection Solution (Anesthetic)

Generic Name: Lidocaine Injection Solution (Anesthetic) (LIE doe cane)
Brand Name: Xylocaine

Medically reviewed on May 2, 2018

Uses of Lidocaine Injection Solution:

  • It is used to numb an area before care.
  • It may be given to you for other reasons. Talk with the doctor.

What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Lidocaine Injection Solution?

  • If you have an allergy to lidocaine or any other part of lidocaine injection solution (anesthetic).
  • If you are allergic to any drugs like this one, any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.

This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with lidocaine injection solution (anesthetic).

Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take lidocaine injection solution (anesthetic) with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.

What are some things I need to know or do while I take Lidocaine Injection Solution?

For all uses of lidocaine injection solution (anesthetic):

  • Tell all of your health care providers that you take lidocaine injection solution (anesthetic). This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
  • Avoid driving and doing other tasks or actions that call for you to be alert until the effects of lidocaine injection solution (anesthetic) wear off and you feel fully awake.
  • If you are going home before the numbness wears off, protect the treated area from injury until you can feel it again.
  • If you are 65 or older, use lidocaine injection solution (anesthetic) with care. You could have more side effects.
  • Use with care in children. Talk with the doctor.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using lidocaine injection solution (anesthetic) while you are pregnant.
  • Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about any risks to your baby.

Epidural:

  • This medicine may cause short-term loss of feeling and motor activity in the lower half of your body. Do not try to get out of bed or do other tasks or actions until feeling and motor activity have returned to normal.

Mouth:

  • Do not eat while your mouth feels numb. You may bite your tongue.

How is this medicine (Lidocaine Injection Solution) best taken?

Use lidocaine injection solution (anesthetic) as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.

For all uses of lidocaine injection solution (anesthetic):

  • Your doctor will give lidocaine injection solution (anesthetic).

Numbing of an area:

  • It is given as a shot.

What do I do if I miss a dose?

  • Call your doctor to find out what to do.

See also: Dosage Information (in more detail)

What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?

WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:

  • Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
  • Signs of methemoglobinemia like a blue or gray color of the lips, nails, or skin; a heartbeat that does not feel normal; seizures; very bad dizziness or passing out; very bad headache; feeling very sleepy; feeling tired or weak; or shortness of breath.
  • Signs of too much acid in the blood (acidosis) like confusion; fast breathing; fast heartbeat; a heartbeat the does not feel normal; very bad stomach pain, upset stomach, or throwing up; feeling very sleepy; shortness of breath; or feeling very tired or weak.
  • Trouble breathing, slow breathing, or shallow breathing.
  • Slow heartbeat.
  • Very nervous and excitable.
  • A burning, numbness, or tingling feeling that is not normal.
  • Restlessness.
  • Anxiety.
  • Change in eyesight.
  • Ringing in ears.
  • Dizziness or passing out.
  • Very bad headache.
  • Twitching.
  • Shakiness.
  • Feeling sleepy.
  • Seizures.
  • Feeling hot or cold.
  • Low mood (depression).

What are some other side effects of Lidocaine Injection Solution?

All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if you have any side effects that bother you or do not go away.

These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.

You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

See also: Side effects (in more detail)

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

How do I store and/or throw out Lidocaine Injection Solution?

  • If you need to store lidocaine injection solution (anesthetic) at home, talk with your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist about how to store it.

Consumer information use

  • If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
  • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
  • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
  • Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
  • Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Throw away unused or expired drugs. Do not flush down a toilet or pour down a drain unless you are told to do so. Check with your pharmacist if you have questions about the best way to throw out drugs. There may be drug take-back programs in your area.
  • Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. Check with your pharmacist. If you have any questions about lidocaine injection solution (anesthetic), please talk with your doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

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