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    Information about Lidocaine/Lignocaine

    Lidocaine/lignocaine uses

    Lidocaine/Lignocaine is used for local anesthesia and Arrhythmias.

    How lidocaine/lignocaine works

    Lidocaine/Lignocaine is a local anesthetic. It works by blocking pain signals from the nerves to brain to decrease the sensation of pain.

    Common side effects of lidocaine/lignocaine

    Allergic reaction, Application site reactions (burning, irritation, itching and redness)
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    Dr. Swati Mishra
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    Dr. Ashish Ranjan
    MD (Pharmacology), MBBS
    Last updated on:
    13 Nov 2019 | 06:02 PM (IST)
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    Expert advice for Lidocaine/Lignocaine

    • 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 for Lidocaine/Lignocaine


    Q. Is Lidocaine/Lignocaine safe?

    Lidocaine/Lignocaine is safe for usage when applied topically as instructed by a doctor. Lidocaine/Lignocaine in injectable formulation must not be self-medicated. Always follow the doctor's advice regarding its use.

    Q. Can Lidocaine/Lignocaine be abused?

    No, abuse of Lidocaine/Lignocaine has not been observed yet. There are very rare reports of Lidocaine/Lignocaine injection causing any euphoric effect. However, Lidocaine/Lignocaine may cause some psychotic reactions such as fear from death, doom anxiety, and delirium. These are short-lasting and generally disappear after the effect of the medicine is over.

    Q. Who should not be given Lidocaine/Lignocaine?

    Lidocaine/Lignocaine should not be given to patients who are allergic to it, have decreased blood volume (hypovolemia), or complete heart block. If the solution also contains adrenaline, it should not be injected into a vein or used in areas such as fingers, toes, ears, nose or penis, as the blood supply to these areas may not be sufficient.

    Content on this page was last updated on 13 November, 2019, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)