What is Lidocaine patch?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Lidoderm

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See also: Versatis

Lidocaine is a local anesthetic. It works by stopping nerves from sending pain signals. Lidocaine comes as a transdermal patch applied directly to the skin for localized relief of acute hypersensitivity and chronic pain in postherpetic neuralgia.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Pain 153 38
Back pain 139 37
Neck pain 44 14
Pain in shoulder(s) 25 14
Fibromyalgia 18 7
Muscle pain 16 4

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 2
Moderate 3
Mild 18
None 98

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Lidocaine patch

Side effect Patients Percentage
Application site itching 2
Burning sensation in skin 2
Back pain 1
Bruising 1
Elevated blood pressure 1
Heavy sensation 1

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Lidocaine patch

Dosage Patients Percentage
5% as needed 5
15 g daily 3
1M,W,F as needed 2
1other as needed 2
2 other monthly 1
1 other daily 1
1 PATCH daily 1
3 other daily 1
3 PATCH daily 1
4 PATCH daily 1

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Why patients stopped taking Lidocaine patch

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Did not seem to work 41
Course of treatment ended 16
Expense 14
Other 10
Change in health plan coverage 4
Doctor's advice 4
Side effects too severe 4
Personal research 1
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Duration

Currently taking Lidocaine patch

Duration Patients Percentage
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 3
2 - 5 years 5
5 - 10 years 11
10 years or more 10

Stopped taking Lidocaine patch

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 22
1 - 6 months 21
6 months - 1 year 10
1 - 2 years 10
2 - 5 years 13
5 - 10 years 5
10 years or more 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 55
Usually 32
Sometimes 25
Never taken as prescribed 9
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 12
Somewhat hard to take 19
A little hard to take 36
Not at all hard to take 54
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 8
$100-199 5
$50-99 16
$25-49 13
< $25 40
Not specified 39

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Lidocaine patch after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen (Norco) 3
Baclofen (Mylan-Baclofen) 1
Cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril) 1
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 1
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 1

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Patients stopped taking Lidocaine patch and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Lidocaine topical (Lidocaine Viscous) 2
Baclofen (Mylan-Baclofen) 1
Diclofenac (Voltaren Gel) 1
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 1
Olmesartan (Benicar) 1
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15 patient evaluations for Lidocaine patch

Jul 29, 2016 (Started Jul 15, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for back pain)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: It's necessary to have someone else to apply the patches on my back, which is not always convenient.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Feb 15, 2016 (Started Jan 02, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for pain around ribs)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for pleural effusion)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for shingles (herpes zoster))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 5 g Daily

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Aug 15, 2012 (Started Aug 01, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for pain)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed

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