Lidocaine Patch

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A lidocaine patch can be used to treat neuropathic pain that occurs after a skin problem such as shingles.

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It provides fast, effective local anaesthetic that will relieve the pain and allow you to get on with your day.

If you’re troubled by nerve pain, our doctors can discuss whether lidocaine patches would help with your symptoms and provide a prescription that will give you fast access to the medicine you need.

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How to Use a Lidocaine Patch

You should use a lidocaine patch just as you’d use a regular plaster. Stick it straight onto clean, dry skin and try to cover as much of the affected area as possible. You can cut the patch up into smaller pieces if needed.

Your doctor will tell you how regularly to use and re-apply your patches. They can be worn for up to 12 hours in a 24-hour period. If you forget to put a patch on at the scheduled time, you must ensure that your doses stay properly spaced apart so that you’re not wearing a patch for more than 12 hours in a 24-hour period.

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What Are The Side Effects of a Lidocaine Patch?

When using lidocaine patches, you might notice some irritation, burning, redness and even blisters around the affected area. If this gets too painful, take the patch off and tell your doctor what’s happened.

Due to the anaesthetic in this drug, other side effects can include dizziness, drowsiness and blurred vision. Of course, it also causes numbness, so you should be aware of exposing your skin to anything too hot or too cold. If this numbness spreads to an entire limb, tell your doctor straight away.

Severe side effects are rare, but a small number of patients might experience tremors, seizures, fainting or changes in heartbeat. Tell your doctor as soon as possible if this happens.

Seek emergency medical assistance if you have an allergic reaction to your lidocaine patch. Signs of this include a severe skin reaction, such as a rash, swelling around your face, lips and throat and trouble breathing.

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Things To Avoid

It’s a good idea to avoid alcohol while you’re using lidocaine patches.

Side effects such as dizziness and drowsiness can be made worse by drinking, so it’s not worth the risk.

Alcohol and Lidocaine Patchs

You should avoid alcohol while you’re taking duloxetine. It can make side effects such as drowsiness and dizziness worse, so it’s safest to stop drinking alcohol until your treatment is over.

Lidocaine Patchs  During Pregnancy

The effects of lidocaine on unborn babies isn’t known, so if you’re pregnant or planning to start a family in the near future, tell your doctor before you’re prescribed anything.

While no conclusive tests have been done, it’s possible that lidocaine patches could contaminate breast milk and pose a risk to your baby. Once again, it’s a good idea to tell your doctor if you’re breastfeeding so that they can make an informed decision on which drug would be best for you..

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If your nerve pain is troubling you, our doctors can help you find the right medication to deal with it. They’ll discuss your symptoms and medical history to decide whether lidocaine patches are a good option.

They can write you a prescription within minutes of your appointment and have it sent by email or first class post. You can then collect your medication from a pharmacy of your choice.

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