Lidocaine (Lidoderm) Patch Uses, Side Effects & Dosage

What is lidocaine patch-topical, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?

Lidocaine is an amide-type, local anesthetic
medication available in a patch form. Lidocaine, like other local anesthetics
causes a loss of sensation by reducing the flow of sodium in and out nerves to
decrease the initiation and transfer of nerve signals. The FDA approved
lidocaine patch in March 1999.

What brand names are available for lidocaine patch-topical?


Is lidocaine patch-topical available as a generic drug?


Do I need a prescription for lidocaine patch-topical?


What are the uses for lidocaine patch-topical?

Lidocaine patches are prescribed for relief of pain
associated with
postherpetic neuralgia.

What are the side effects of lidocaine patch-topical?

Common side effects of lidocaine patches include:

What is the dosage for lidocaine patch-topical?

The recommended dose for lidocaine patches is to apply up to three
patches, for up to 12 hours within a 24-hour period. Apply patches to intact
skin to cover the most painful area; apply to intact skin, not over blisters or
other skin that is not intact.

Which drugs or supplements interact with lidocaine patch-topical?

Lidocaine patches should be used with caution with
anti-arrhythmia medications like:

Such combinations can affect heart rate and rhythm and cause other additive side

Is lidocaine patch-topical safe to take if I’m pregnant or breastfeeding?

There are no adequate studies done on lidocaine patches to
determine safe and effective use in
pregnant women.

Lidocaine may enter
breast milk in trace amounts; therefore,
it is best to be cautious before using it in nursing mothers.

What else should I know about lidocaine patch-topical?

What preparations of lidocaine patch-topical are available?

Lidocaine patch: 5%

How should I keep lidocaine patch-topical stored?

Store lidocaine patches between temperatures of 15 C to 30 C (59 F
to 86 F).

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