lidocaine jelly - mucous membrane, Xylocaine
GENERIC NAME: LIDOCAINE JELLY - MUCOUS MEMBRANE (LYE-doe-kane)
BRAND NAME(S): Xylocaine
USES: This medication is used to prevent and control pain during certain medical procedures such as inserting a tube into the mouth, nose, throat, or urinary tract (e.g., endotracheal intubation, urinary catheterization). Lidocaine jelly is also used to numb and treat inflammation of the urinary tract (urethritis). Lidocaine is a topical anesthetic that numbs mucus membranes. It does not work to numb thicker skin.
HOW TO USE: This medication is usually applied by a health care professional to the area being treated or to the medical equipment as part of a medical procedure. It is applied at the start of the procedure and takes 3-5 minutes for the numbing effect to occur. If using this medication for urinary procedures (e.g., cystoscopy), follow the package instructions for sterilizing and using the applicator cone if one is provided. Discard any unused jelly after first use.If you are using this medication at home (such as for inserting a catheter yourself), read and learn all preparation and usage instruction from the manufacturer. Follow your doctor's directions closely. Avoid getting this medication in your eyes. Do not use more than 4 doses in 24 hours. Do not increase your dose or use this medication more often than prescribed without your doctor's approval. Doing so can increase the risk of very serious side effects. Use proper sterile technique. Ask your health care professional if you have any questions about how to use this medication or perform your medical procedure.If used in the mouth or throat, avoid eating or chewing gum for at least 1 hour after use. The risk of choking or biting the tongue or cheek is greater when the mouth, tongue, or throat are numb.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/16/2014
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