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 147 35
Back pain 143 43
Neck pain 44 13
Pain in shoulders 25 14
Fibromyalgia 17 6
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 4
Mild 18
None 96

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Lidocaine patch

Side effect Patients
Rash or skin problems 4
Application site itching 2
Back pain 1
Bruising 1
Burning sensation in skin 1
Elevated blood pressure 1

Show all 18 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Lidocaine patch

Dosage Patients
5% as needed 11
5 g daily 8
15 g daily 7
1other as needed 4
10 g daily 3
1 other daily 2
5 mg daily 2
1 PATCH daily 1
3 other daily 1
3 PATCH daily 1

See all 21 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Lidocaine patch

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 40
Course of treatment ended 13
Expense 13
Other 9
Side effects too severe 5
Change in health plan coverage 4
Doctor's advice 4
Personal research 1
See all 74 patients who’ve stopped taking Lidocaine patch

Duration

Currently taking Lidocaine patch

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 1
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 6
2 - 5 years 12
5 - 10 years 24
10 years or more 8

Stopped taking Lidocaine patch

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 20
1 - 6 months 21
6 months - 1 year 9
1 - 2 years 8
2 - 5 years 11
5 - 10 years 4
10 years or more 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 52
Usually 32
Sometimes 27
Never taken as prescribed 9
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 12
Somewhat hard to take 20
A little hard to take 36
Not at all hard to take 52
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 8
$100-199 5
$50-99 18
$25-49 12
< $25 40
Not specified 37

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Lidocaine patch after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen (Norco) 3
Baclofen (Mylan-Baclofen) 1
Ibuprofen Prescription (Motrin Prescription) 1
Pregabalin (Lyrica) 1

Patients stopped taking Lidocaine patch and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Lidocaine topical (Lidocaine Viscous) 2
Baclofen (Mylan-Baclofen) 1
Diclofenac (Voltaren Gel) 1
Diclofenac-menthol-lidocaine-prilocaine-baclofen cream 1
Olmesartan (Benicar) 1
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16 patient evaluations for Lidocaine patch

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Echo Mountain
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Echo Mountain
Gender: M
Data Quality: 2 stars
Pain: Most
Fatigue: All
Sleep: All
Stiffness: All
function: None
external_stress: Some
Stickman: all
Description:M43y
CFS:10y Dx
FM:10y Dx
I am: b
I have:
ME/CFS

See Echo Mountain's full Lidocaine patch history

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
firefly84
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firefly84
Data Quality: 3 stars
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 32
Condition: Autonomic Neuropathy 26 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Mild
  • Physical: Moderate
I am: b
I have:
Autonomic Neuropathy

See firefly84's full Lidocaine patch history

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
Ladywolf319
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Ladywolf319
Data Quality: 1 star
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 33
Condition: CRPS II 29 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Mild
  • Physical: Moderate
I am: vb
I have:
CRPS II

See Ladywolf319's full Lidocaine patch history

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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