What condition does Lidocaine HCL treat?
Lidocaine HCL comes as a cream that is recommended for use on the skin to stop itching and pain from certain skin conditions such as:
- Minor burns
- Insect bites
This may also be used to treat minor discomfort or itching caused by hemorrhoids and certain other problems of the genital/anal area like:
- Itching around the vagina or rectum
- Anal fissures
Lidocaine HCL is a topical anesthetic that causes a temporary numbness or loss of feeling in the skin and mucous membranes. Some forms of this medication may also be used to lessen discomfort and pain during medical procedures. This product contains 30 mg of Lidocaine HCL. This prescription is already approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
How does Lidocaine HCL work?
Lidocaine HCL releases a mild acidic vehicle to stabilize the neuronal membrane by inhibiting the ionic fluxes. Those are needed for initiation and conduction impulses. Thereby, it affects local anesthetic action. The pH of a mild acidic vehicle reduces the risk of alkaline irritation. A healing environment can also be created as a result.
What is the recommended dosage for Lidocaine HCL?
Before using, clean and dry the affected area as directed. Apply a thin layer of medication to the affected area. It is usually applied 2-3 times a day or as directed. The dosage is based on your medical condition and response. Do not use more or less than the prescription of your doctor.
Avoid getting the cream into your eyes, ears, or nose. If it gets in these areas, rinse with water right away. Let your doctor know if your condition does not improve or if it gets worse.
What are the side effects of Lidocaine HCL?
Common side effects:
- Redness or flushing of the skin
- An abnormal sensation at the injection site
- Unusually warm skin
- Small or purple spots on the skin
- Bleeding, bruising, or burning at the injection site
What are the precautions in taking Lidocaine HCL?
- Do not apply this medication if you have an infection or open wounds.
- Stop using this and call your doctor if there are any signs of an allergic reaction.
- You should not share this medication with others even if they have the same symptoms as yours.
- Use this with caution when this is applied in children. They may be more sensitive to the side effects.
- Let your doctor know if you have any allergies before using this cream.
- While using this medicine, avoid exposing it to direct heat sources such as electric blankets, heating pads, heat lamps, hot tubs, saunas, prolonged direct sunlight, or heated waterbeds. Heat may cause more medicine to be released into your body which increases 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 might have metals that may cause serious burns during an MRI. You may ask your doctor whether you will need to remove your patch before the assessment and apply a new patch afterward, and how to do so properly.