lidocaine injection (Xylocaine) (cont.)

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DOSING: The initial dose for anesthesia in adults depends on the procedure, necessary depth of anesthesia, blood flow to the region, desired duration of anesthesia, and condition of the patient. For anesthesia, the maximum dose is 4.5 mg/kg and should not exceed 300 mg per dose. For control of arrhythmias (abnormal heart rhythm), an initial intravenous or intraosseous (injected into bone) dose is 1 to 1.5 mg/kg. If providing dose by endotrachial tube the initial dose is 2 to 3.75 mg/kg. Lidocaine is rapidly metabolized. Any conditions that later liver functions may alter the half live of lidocaine.

DRUG INTERACTIONS: Dronedarone increases blood levels of lidocaine and its side effects by reducing its breakdown in the liver. Lidocaine increases the effect of bupivicaine liposomal because it increases the availability of bupivicaine. The two drugs should not be mixed. Carbamazepine (Tegretol, Tegretol XR, Equetro, Carbatrol), phenobarbital, and rifampin may reduce blood levels of lidocaine by increasing its breakdown in the liver. Erythromycin, amprenavir (Agenerase), omeprazole (Prilosec), and ciprofloxacin (Cirpo, Cirpo XR, Proquin XR) may increase levels of lidocaine by reducing its breakdown in the liver.

PREGNANCY: There are no adequate studies of use in pregnant women. Available evidence does not suggest harm to the fetus. Lidocaine crosses the placenta and does enter the fetal blood stream so close monitoring of the heart is recommended.

NURSING MOTHERS: Lidocaine is excreted in breast milk so it should be used cautiously by nursing mothers. The amount absorbed by the infant is not expected to be significant.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/18/2014

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