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.
SIDE EFFECTS: Mild nausea, stinging, swelling, and burning may occur. Dizziness and drowsiness may also occur. If these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor.Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.Seek immediate medical attention if any of these rare but serious side effects occur: slow/shallow breathing, slow/irregular heartbeat, mental/mood changes (e.g., drowsiness, confusion, nervousness), seizures, fainting, vision changes (e.g., double or blurred vision).A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any of the following symptoms of a serious allergic reaction: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.In the US -Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.
PRECAUTIONS: Before using lidocaine, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to other anesthetics (e.g., bupivacaine, prilocaine); or to PABA; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: bites/cuts/scrapes/sores in the area to be treated, heart problems (e.g., irregular heartbeat), severe infection with high fever (e.g., sepsis), liver disease.To minimize dizziness and lightheadedness, get up slowly when rising from a sitting or lying position.This drug may make you dizzy or drowsy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do any activity that requires alertness until you are sure you can perform such activities safely. Limit alcoholic beverages.Caution is advised when using this drug in children because they may be more sensitive to the effects of the drug, especially drowsiness.During pregnancy, this medication should be used only when clearly needed. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.It is not known if this medication passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
DRUG INTERACTIONS: Drug interactions may change how your medications work or increase your risk for serious side effects. This document does not contain all possible drug interactions. Keep a list of all the products you use (including prescription/nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicines without your doctor's approval.Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you also take drugs that cause drowsiness such as: certain antihistamines (e.g., diphenhydramine), anti-seizure drugs (e.g., carbamazepine), medicine for sleep or anxiety (e.g., alprazolam, diazepam, zolpidem), muscle relaxants, narcotic pain relievers (e.g., codeine), psychiatric medicines (e.g., chlorpromazine, risperidone, amitriptyline, trazodone).Check the labels on all your medicines (e.g., cough-and-cold products) because they may contain drowsiness-causing ingredients. Ask your pharmacist about using those products safely.
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OVERDOSE: This medicine may be harmful if swallowed. If swallowing or overdose is suspected, contact a poison control center or emergency room immediately. US residents can call their local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222. Canada residents can call a provincial poison control center. Symptoms of overdose may include: severe dizziness/drowsiness, seizures, slow/irregular heartbeat.
NOTES: Do not share this medication with others.This medication has been prescribed for your current condition only. Do not use it later for another condition unless told to do so by your doctor. A different medication may be necessary in that case.
STORAGE: Store in a tightly closed container at room temperature between 59-86 degrees F (15-30 degrees C) away from heat and light. Do not freeze. Keep all medicines away from children and pets.Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company for more details about how to safely discard your product.
Information last revised September 2013. Copyright(c) 2013 First Databank, Inc.
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