Lidocaine - Drug Information

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General Information on Lidocaine

Generic Name : Lidocaine

Pronunciation : Lye-do-cane

Latest prescription information about Lidocaine. Learn how to pronounce the drug's name, its indications, dosage, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, its storage instructions and warnings if any when taken during pregnancy. Also listed are the International and Indian trade name(s) of the drug and its price list.
Therapeutic Classification : Vasopressors

Why is Lidocaine Prescribed? (Indications)

This medication is a local anesthetic, indicated for local or regional anesthesia.  It prevents nerves from sending painful impulses to the brain.

When should Lidocaine not to be taken? (Contraindications)

Hypersensitivity.

Pregnancy Category

A B C D X

Category B :

Animal studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus and appropriate studies on pregnant women are lacking.

What is the dosage of Lidocaine?

IV/IM- 50 100mg bolus injection followed by 20 40mg every 10 -20 min or 1 3mg/min infusion.
Topical- Surface anesthetic: As eutectic mixture containing lidocaine base 2.5% and prilocaine base 2.5%: Apply to skin under an occlusive dressing before procedure.

How should Lidocaine be taken?

It comes as a solution for injection to be administered by a healthcare provider into the vein or muscle.
It also comes as a cream, gel, and solution to apply topically.

What are the warnings and precautions for Lidocaine?

Caution needed for pregnant and breastfeeding women.
It may cause dizziness, drowsiness or blurred vision, do not drive a car or operate machinery while taking this medication.

What are the side effects of Lidocaine?

Dizziness, drowsiness, vomiting, blurred vision and slurred speech.
Anaphylactic reactions.

What are the other precautions for Lidocaine?

Avoid excess dosage.

What are the storage conditions of Lidocaine?

Store it at room temperature (25C), and protect from light.

♦ Safety Labeling Changes Approved By FDA

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