What is Lidocaine?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Lidocaine Infusion Lignocaine infusion Lidocaine 4% Nasal Spray

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Lidocaine is a local anesthetic. It works by stopping nerves from sending pain signals. Lidocaine comes in a variety of preparations including liquid, cream, gel, lotion, spray, transdermal, injectables and infusions. Some are over the counter and others require a physician's prescription.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Pain 22 16
Fibromyalgia 17 11
Increase effect of another treatment 4 4
Burning pain 3 2
Migraine 2 3

Show all 28 reasons taken


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

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 1
Moderate 11
Mild 11
None 21

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Lidocaine

Side effect Patients
Dizziness and feeling faint 2
Brain fog 1
Burning pain 1
Burning sensation in skin 1
Clonus spasms 1
Dizziness with nausea 1

Show all 18 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Lidocaine

Dosage Patients
0.5 g every 8 weeks 1
2 g every 8 weeks 1
2 % monthly 1
3 other every 6 weeks 1
20 mg every 12 weeks 1
2 g daily 1
4 % daily 1
300 mg monthly 1
200 x 100 mg/5ml every other week 1

Why patients stopped taking Lidocaine

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 8
Course of treatment ended 6
Doctor's advice 3
Expense 3
Other 1
Personal research 1
See all 21 patients who've stopped taking Lidocaine

Duration

Currently taking Lidocaine

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 3
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 1
2 - 5 years 3
5 - 10 years 1

Stopped taking Lidocaine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 15
1 - 6 months 3
2 - 5 years 1
10 years or more 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 31
Usually 4
Sometimes 6
Never taken as prescribed 3
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 6
Somewhat hard to take 7
A little hard to take 7
Not at all hard to take 24
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 1
$100-199 4
$50-99 2
$25-49 2
< $25 19
Not specified 16

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Lidocaine after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Mycophenolate mofetil (CellCept) 1
Pregabalin (Lyrica) 1
Steroids (oral steroids) 1
Tramadol (Ultram) 1

Patients stopped taking Lidocaine and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Amitriptyline (Elavil) 1
mepivacaine (Carbocaine) 1
Nortriptyline (Pamelor) 1
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2 patient evaluations for Lidocaine

Aug 30, 2010 (Started Jul 15, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for anesthesia)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Advice & Tips: I was given lidocaine as a Bier block during hand surgery. Post-operatively, I had no fibromyalgia pain for 3-4 days. The effect was immediate. My pain specialist has since prescribed mexiletine. I've only been on it for a couple of weeks, but it has reduced pain by about 30%.

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Dec 19, 2009 (Started Mar 16, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Pain)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (numbness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Advice & Tips: I was able to stand longer than 5 minutes without severe pain, and able to do some daily household functions in small increments. I was able to go grocery shopping and stand and walk around for 20 minutes before needing to sit down due to pain and clumbiness
Cost: $100-199 monthly
Side effects: numbness

Nov 10, 2009 (Started Mar 16, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Pain)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (numbness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Advice & Tips: I was able to stand longer than 5 minutes without severe pain, and able to do some daily household functions in small increments. I was able to go grocery shopping and stand and walk around for 20 minutes before needing to sit down due to pain and clumbiness
Cost: $100-199 monthly
Side effects: numbness

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