GENERIC NAME: LIDOCAINE - INJECTION (LIE-doh-cane)
BRAND NAME(S): Xylocaine
USES: This medication is used to treat irregular heartbeats (arrhythmias).
OTHER USES: This drug may also be used for resistant seizure treatment.
HOW TO USE: This medication is generally given by vein (IV). It may also be given in a large muscle (IM - in the shoulder usually) for one or two doses if necessary. Generally 50-100mg is given first IV, then repeated if necessary. This dosing is followed by continuous IV therapy (1-4 mg per minute typically). Doses may need to be reduced in people with heart failure or liver problems.
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