Lidocaine

generic for Astero

What is Lidocaine?

Lidocaine is used to temporarily numb and relieve pain from minor burns (including sunburn), skin abrasions, insect bites, and other painful conditions affecting mucous membranes. Some lidocaine products are used to numb the lining of the mouth or throat before certain medical/dental procedures. It is also used to decrease pain while dentures are being fitted and while your gums are adjusting to the dentures. It should not be used long-term to decrease pain from poorly fitting dentures. Lidocaine belongs to a class of drugs called local anesthetics.

This product should not be used to treat teething pain in infants and young children due to an increased risk of serious side effects. Talk to the doctor for more details and for other ways to treat teething pain.

Uses

  • pruritus of skin
  • administration of local anesthesia
  • skin irritation
  • local anesthesia for endotracheal intubation
  • minor skin wound pain

Usage Instructions

Read the Patient Information Leaflet if available from your pharmacist before you start using lidocaine and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

Before certain medical/dental procedures, this medication is usually applied by a health care professional. If you are applying this medication yourself, use as directed by your dentist or doctor.

Avoid getting this medication in your eyes. Apply a thin layer, using the smallest amount needed to cover the affected area. The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to treatment. For children, the dosage is also based on age and weight.

Do not increase your dose or use this drug more often or for longer than prescribed. Your condition will not improve any faster, and your risk of side effects will increase.

If you are using lidocaine ointment to help relieve the pain from new dentures, apply the ointment with clean hands to all the surfaces of the dentures that touch your gums. To lessen the amount of lidocaine that may be swallowed, do not apply the ointment to the chewing surfaces of your dentures. Continue to consult your dentist regularly during the fitting process. Follow your dentist's instructions carefully. Wash your hands after use.

When this medication is used in the mouth or throat, numbness may make swallowing difficult and increase your risk of swallowing the wrong way or choking. Do not chew gum or eat for 1 hour after using this product and while your mouth or throat is numb. It is especially important for children to not eat or chew gum for at least 1 hour after using this product. Be careful not to accidentally bite your tongue or mouth.

If you are applying this medication to other mucous membranes or the skin, clean the affected area before use, if possible, and apply with clean hands as directed. For broken or burned skin, you may apply the ointment with a sterile gauze pad. Wash your hands after use unless you are treating an area on the hands.

Lidocaine starts to numb the affected area within 5 minutes after application. If you are using this product before certain procedures, tell your doctor if the area does not feel numb or the numbness does not go away. If you are using this product to relieve pain/discomfort, tell your doctor if your condition lasts or gets worse.

Storage

Store the container tightly closed at room temperature. Do not freeze. Keep all medications away from children and pets.

Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company.