lidocaine (Lidoderm) (cont.)

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DRUG INTERACTIONS: Lidocaine patches should be used with caution with anti-arrhythmia medications like amiodarone (Cordarone), propafenone (Rhythmol), sotalol (Betapace), tocainide (Tonocard) and mexiletine (Mexitil) because such combinations can affect heart rate and rhythm and cause other additive side effects.

PREGNANCY: There are no adequate studies done on lidocaine patches to determine safe and effective use in pregnant women.

NURSING MOTHERS: Lidocaine may enter breast milk in trace amounts; therefore, it is best to be cautious before using it in nursing mothers.

SIDE EFFECTS: Side effects of lidocaine patches are local burning, bruising, blisters, itching, irritation, lightheadedness, dizziness, nausea, nervousness, blurred vision, and low blood pressure.

REFERENCE: FDA Prescribing Information

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 10/3/2014

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