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Lidocaine is a topical anesthetic that is available in the form of injections, foam, cream, spray, gel, dressing, solution, ointments, patches, aerosol liquid and pads. Lidocaine is available in other names like Burnamycin, Lida Mantle, LMX4, LMX5, Solarcaine Cool Aloe, Topicaine, Xylocaine, Lidoderm, Burn-O-Jel, and Anestacon. Lidocaine is a local anesthetic that provides pain relief when applied to the skin where you have pain. Lidocaine is a prescription medicine. Lidocaine is available in concentrations of 0.5%, 1%, and 2%.
The onset of anesthesia on the area applied depends on how much of Lidocaine is applied to that area of the skin. Apply Lidocaine as directed by the physician for the medicine to be more effective for your skin condition.
Lidocaine is also available as an injection and can be injected in the local area of the skin. In case of injections the recommended dosage is about 4.5 mg per kg of body weight. However the total dose should not exceed 300 mg. Lidocaine should not be used in intervals less than 90 minutes. For exact recommended dosages consult your doctor. It varies with the weight of your body.
Lidocaine interactions with other medicines like Dihydroergotamine, Acecainide, Amiodarone, Amprenavir, Atazanavir, Bretylium, Ciprofloxacin, Darunavir, Disopyramide, Enoxacin, Fleroxacin, Gatfloxacin, and so on. The list of medicines with which Lidocaine interacts is long. Consult your doctor to see whether any of the medicine that you take already might interact with Lidocaine. This is important so that the dosage of the other medicines can be adjusted to your requirement. Inform your doctor if you have other medical problems like serious liver diseases, inflamed skin or burns.
When you apply Lidocaine make sure that it does not contact your eyes as it might lead to irritation in the eyes. If accidentally, Lidocaine is got in to your eyes, wash your eyes with water immediately. If you experience any of the side effects like cough, dizziness, hives, itching, stuffy nose, swelling of tongue and tightness in chest, do contact your doctor immediately. Blurred vision, nausea, muscle twitching, shortness of breath and fatigue are also some of the side effects of using Lidocaine for a prolonged period.
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