Lidocaine HCL is an anesthetic used to numb an area of the body to help reduce pain and discomfort caused by medical procedures. This medicine comes in many different forms such as creams, patches, lotions, sprays, gels, and liquids. Lidocaine HCL is typically given by a healthcare professional just prior to a procedure.
What Is Lidocaine HCL Prescribed For?
Lidocaine HCL injection is used to relieve pain and discomfort by numbing the area of the body it is injected into. It is often administered prior to dermatological and vein procedures to reduce pain.
Dosage, Concentration, Route of Administration
- Dosage: Varies based on procedure.
- Concentration: 2% 20mg/ml
- Route of Administration: IM, IV, SQ
It is important to speak with your doctor about any allergies you may have to this or other anesthetics, such as bupivacaine or prilocaine, along with any other allergies. This medication may contain inactive ingredients that could cause allergic reactions or other issues. Tell your doctor if you have a medical history of cuts, sores, or bleeding in the area it is to be injected. Also discuss if you have a history of heart problems, kidney disease, liver disease, or a certain blood disorder called methemoglobinemia. This medication may cause dizziness, drowsiness, or vision issues. Do not drive, use machinery, or anything that requires alertness or clear vision until you can do it safely. Limit alcoholic beverages and speak with your doctor before using any marijuana as this product can increase the effects. Make sure to discuss all medications or supplements you are taking before using this product. Consult with your doctor if you are pregnant or breast feeding before use.
Some common side effects include:
- – Mild nausea
- – Stinging
- – Swelling
- – Burning
Some serious side effects may include:
- – Dizziness
- – Drowsiness
- – Slow/shallow breathing
- – Mental/mood changes (such as confusion/nervousness)
- – Shaking
- – Seizures
- – Vision changes (double vision/blurred vision)
- – Ringing in the ears
- – Fainting
- – Pale/bluish/grey skin
- – Fast/slow/irregular heartbeat
Although allergic reaction is rare, get immediate medical attention if you have any of the following:
- – Rash
- – Itching
- – Swelling of the face, tongue, or throat
- – Severe dizziness
- – Trouble breathing
Store at controlled room temperature. Protect from light.
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