Generic Name: lidocaine (LYE-doe-kane)
Brand Name: Zingo
Lidocaine is used for:
Causing loss of feeling during certain procedures. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.
Lidocaine is an anesthetic. It works by preventing nerves from transmitting painful impulses to the brain.
Do NOT use lidocaine if:
- you are allergic to any ingredient in lidocaine or to similar medications (eg, amide-type local anesthetics)
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Before using lidocaine:
Some medical conditions may interact with lidocaine. 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 liver problems, bleeding problems, or a platelet disorder
- if you are very sensitive to anesthetics
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with lidocaine. However, no specific interactions with lidocaine are known at this time.
Ask your health care provider if lidocaine 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:
Use lidocaine as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
- Lidocaine is usually given at your doctor's office, hospital, or clinic.
- If you miss a dose of lidocaine, contact your doctor to find out what to do.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use lidocaine.
Important safety information:
- Avoid driving and doing other tasks or actions that call for you to be alert until you see how lidocaine affects you.
- Lidocaine is for external use only. Do not get it in your eyes, nose, or mouth. If you get it in any of these areas, rinse at once with cool water.
- Do not put on open sores or broken skin.
- You may hear a sound like a popping balloon when lidocaine is used. This is normal.
- PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: It is not known if lidocaine can cause harm to the fetus. If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using lidocaine while you are pregnant. Lidocaine is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use lidocaine, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.
Possible side effects of lidocaine:
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:
Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
Mild itching, redness, or swelling where lidocaine was used; small red or purple spots on the skin.
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); bruising, burning, pain, or bleeding where lidocaine was used; severe or persistent itching, redness, or swelling where lidocaine was used.
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:
Lidocaine is handled and stored by a health care provider. You will not store it at home. Keep all medicines out of the reach of children and away from pets.
- If you have any questions about lidocaine, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- Lidocaine 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 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. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to lidocaine. 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.
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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