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 152 38
Back pain 140 36
Neck pain 45 14
Pain in shoulder(s) 25 14
Fibromyalgia 17 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
Severe 2
Moderate 3
Mild 17
None 99

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Lidocaine patch

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

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Lidocaine patch

Dosage Patients
5% as needed 9
15 g daily 5
1 other daily 4
5 g daily 4
2 other daily 3
1M,W,F as needed 3
1other as needed 3
1PATCH as needed 2
1 PATCH daily 1
3 other daily 1

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Why patients stopped taking Lidocaine patch

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 41
Course of treatment ended 16
Expense 13
Other 9
Change in health plan coverage 4
Doctor's advice 4
Side effects too severe 4
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Duration

Currently taking Lidocaine patch

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 2
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 4
2 - 5 years 7
5 - 10 years 25
10 years or more 12

Stopped taking Lidocaine patch

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 21
1 - 6 months 21
6 months - 1 year 10
1 - 2 years 10
2 - 5 years 13
5 - 10 years 3
10 years or more 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 55
Usually 32
Sometimes 25
Never taken as prescribed 9
Burden
Burden Evaluations
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
$200+ 8
$100-199 5
$50-99 17
$25-49 12
< $25 41
Not specified 38

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Lidocaine patch after stopping:

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

  • 0 helpful marks

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

  • 0 helpful marks
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