lidocaine-injection, Xylocaine (cont.)

SIDE EFFECTS: Pain at the site of injection might occur. If this persists or worsens, notify your doctor. Unlikely but report promptly: drowsiness, dizziness, confusion, shakiness, mental changes, ringing in the ears, visual changes, nausea, tingling or numbness, slurred speech, muscle twitching, unusually slow heartbeat, seizures. Notify your doctor immediately if an allergic reaction occurs. Symptoms include: difficulty breathing, skin rash, itching, swelling. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

PRECAUTIONS: Before using this drug, tell your doctor your medical history, including: allergies (especially drug allergies), heart problems, liver disease, severe lung problems. This medication should be used only when clearly needed during pregnancy. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. This drug is excreted into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

DRUG INTERACTIONS: Tell your doctor of all nonprescription and prescription medication you may use, especially of: cimetidine, other drugs used for irregular heartbeats (arrhythmias) such as phenytoin, procainamide, quinidine, propranolol. Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.

OVERDOSE: If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. US residents can call the US national poison hotline at 1-800-222-1222. Canadian residents should call their local poison control center directly. Symptoms of overdose may include seizures, shortness of breath, and slow heartbeat.

NOTES: This drug may interfere with laboratory tests (CK and CPK) when given by injection into a muscle (IM). EKG and other heart monitoring will occur during therapy.

MISSED DOSE: If a dose is missed or IV is interrupted, notify your doctor or pharmacist promptly.

STORAGE: Store at controlled room temperature away from light and moisture.

Last Editorial Review: 3/2/2005

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