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What is Lidoderm Patch (Lidocaine) prescribed for?
This medication is used as a treatment towards reducing the itching and pain from various skin conditions such as; scrapes, minor skin irritations, and insect bites. It may also be prescribed to help relieve nerve pain after shingles, which is a rash with shooting pain, Shingles normally only shows up on one side of your body. The rash itself turns red, and creates fluid filled blisters. However, they generally dry out and crust over within 7 to 10 days.
Lidocaine belongs to a class of drugs known as local anesthetics. How this medication works, is by causing a temporary loss of feeling in the area where you apply the patch.
This medication comes in a singular dose of 5%. It is also known as Versatis on a international level. Remember your dose is based on your medical background and your overall response to the treatment. If your doctor or pharmacist has given you some information in the form of a pamphlet, take the time to read up on this drug, and if you have any questions or concerns regarding this medication, please consult your doctor.
This medication is to be applied to normal intact skin. Do not apply to skin that is broken or irritated.
Remove the protective liner and apply the patch directly to the area of the skin that is the most in pain. Only apply the prescribed number of patches. Do not apply more than 3 patches in one day. This patch is usually placed on once a day for up to 12 hours. Speak with your doctor if you have any concerns.
Wash your hands after each application, and avoid getting the this medication in our eye, nose or mouth. However, if it does make contact with your eyes, make sure to flush thoroughly, and protect them until a normal feeling returns.
Do not reuse any of the patches, fold the used patch and throw them away, away from the reach of children or pets.
Before taking this medication, it is best to advise your doctor if you are allergic to Lidocaine; or to any other medications or allergies in general.
Also it is best to notify your doctor of your medical history. Inform you doctor if you have had any of the following; liver disease, a certain blood disorder (methemoglobinemia).
While wearing your patch, avoid exposing it to direct heat sources such as heating pads, electric blankets, heat lamps, saunas, hot tubs, heated waterbeds, or prolonged direct sunlight. Heat may cause more of the drug to be released into your body, increasing the chance of side effects.
If you are going to have an MRI test, tell testing personnel that you are using this patch. Some patches may contain metals that can cause serious burns during an MRI. Ask your doctor whether you will need to remove your patch before the test and apply a new patch afterward, and how to do so properly.
Some side effects may occur while taking this mediation, they are as follows; Redness, swelling, blisters, or changes in skin color at the site of application may occur. However, if these symptoms do persist or worsen, it is best to consult with your doctor.
Tell your doctor right away if you have any serious side effects, including: blurred vision, mental/mood changes (e.g., nervousness, confusion), drowsiness, dizziness, unusually slow heartbeat.
Get medical help right away if you have any very serious side effects, including: pale/bluish/gray skin, unusual tiredness, shortness of breath, fast heartbeat.
A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.
What happens if I suddenly stop taking this medication?
There may be a relapse in symptoms as well as side effects. You should speak your doctor before stop taking this medication.
What is the best dosage to take?
The diagnosis with your doctor will be able to determine the best dosage for your treatment. Work with your doctor closely for dosage and dosing schedules.
What happens if I miss a dose?
You should take the missed dose as soon you realize you have forgotten. If the forgotten dose is closer to your next scheduled dose, take the next schedule dose to avoid overlapping in dose.
What is the best way to store this medication?
This medication is stored at room temperature, and should be kept away from children and pets. Do not throw away this medication in the wastebasket. If you are uncertain how to dispose of this medication speak with your pharmacist for help in safely disposing of this medication.
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