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Lidocaine

INFORMATION

Uses

Lidocaine is used for local anaesthesia (numb tissues in a specific area) and arrhythmias (abnormal heart beat).

How it works

Lidocaine works by blocking pain signals from the nerves to brain which decreases the sensation of pain.

Common side effects

Hormone imbalance, Allergic reaction, Slow growth in children and teenagers, Rash, Itching, Urticaria

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Expert advice

  • Do not use more quantity of lidocaine than recommended as this may culminate into excessive absorption of drug causing serious side effects, such as fits.
  • Do not use this medicine in case of open wounds or damaged areas (especially in mouth) as this may result into excessive absorption of active ingredient.
  • Do not give this medicine to children under the age of 12 years.
  • Do not apply more frequently than every 3 hours.
  • Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking, have recently taken, or might take any other medicines.
  • Consult your doctor before taking lignocaine if you are pregnant or lactating.

Frequently asked questions

Lidocaine

Q.Are lidocaine, lignocaine, and xylocaine the same things?
Yes. These are all the other names for an amide type local anesthetic, lidocaine. Lidocaine acts by stopping the sensation of pain by acting on peripheral nerves in the body. It is generally available as topical gel formulation however injections are also available

Q.Is lidocaine an opiate/ narcotic/ steroid drug/ omega 3/ nitrates/ cholesterol/ contain codeine/ sulpha?
No. Lidocaine (Lox) is an amide type local anesthetic used to relieve pain topically or by an injection. It is not an opiate narcotic, steroid, omega 3, nitrates, and cholesterol. It does not contain codeine or sulpha

Q.Is lidocaine and Lox2 safe?
Lidocaine (also available as Lox2) is safe for usage when applied topically as instructed by a doctor. Lidocaine in injectable formulation must not be self-medicated. Always follow the doctor's advice regarding its use

Q.Is lidocaine a controlled substance / addictive?
No. Lidocaine is not controlled substance or addictive

Q.Is lidocaine available over the counter?
No. It is categorized as schedule H drug in India and it is available only by prescription given by your docto

Q.Is Lox (lidocaine) safe to eat?
No. Lidocaine should never be taken by mouth

Q.Does lignocaine cause swelling/ drowsiness/ makes you high/ weight gain/ kill sperm?
Lignocaine is not known to cause swelling/ drowsiness/ makes you high/ weight gain/ kill sperm. However, if you experience such side effects consult your doctor

Q.Can I take Advil/ ibuprofen/paracetamol/ Tylenol/ Vicodin/ Nyquil with lidocaine?
Lignocaine can be taken with above mentioned drugs. Consult your doctor regarding its use.


Content on this page was last updated on 29 November, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)