In case of an overdose of lidoderm or when a high amount of lidoderm is absorbed through your skin and into your blood, it can cause side effects that may even be fatal. This is highly probable to occur during the usage of numbing medicine such as lidoderm without a medical doctor’s advice like laser hair removal through a cosmetic procedure. Symptoms of lidoderm overdose may include slowed breathing, uneven heartbeats, respiratory failure (breathing stops), seizure (convulsions) or coma. More amount of lidoderm may be absorbed in your body if you use too much or if you apply it on large skin areas or if you apply bandages, heat or any plastic wrap over treated areas on the skin. A skin with irritation or a cut skin can absorb more amount of tropical medication than the healthy skin.
In order to relieve pain or to numb the skin, use only minimal amount of lidoderm. Do not cover the treated skin areas with a plastic wrap or bandage and do not use more amount of Lidoderm without any medical advice. You should be well aware of the fact that numerous cosmetic procedures are performed without any medical doctor present.
How Effective is Lidoderm?
Lidoderm, a local anesthetic is a numbing medication which effectively causes a loss of feeling sensation in a body part. Lidoderm works by way of obstructing nerve signals in your body.
Lidoderm is effectively used for relieving the post-shingles pain. It is advisable to apply lidoderm on the unharmed skin that is without blisters.
Lidoderm or Lidocaine topical (in other formulations) is useful in reducing discomfort or pain that is caused by irritations of the skin like sunburn, poison ivy, insect bites, poison sumac, poison oak, hemorrhoids, scratches, burns and minor cuts. Lidocaine topical is also useful in treating sores inside the mouth, for numbing the gums during dental procedures and also in numbing of skin for a medical procedure like getting stitches.
Before Using Lidoderm
- An overdose of numbing medications or when a high amount of lidoderm is absorbed through your skin and into your blood, it can cause side effects that may be fatal.
- It is advisable not to use lidoderm in case you are allergic to any other kind of numbing medication
- Inform your doctor if you have any drug allergy or if you have damaged skin or inflammation on the skin or disease in the liver before using lidoderm. During the treatment, you might need dosage adjustments or might not be able to use Lidoderm or any special tests.
- FDA pregnancy (category B) lidoderm do not harm an unborn child. Inform your doctor in prior if you are planning to become pregnant or if you are pregnant during the treatment. At the same time lidoderm can be harmful to a nursing child as it can pass into breast milk during feeding. If you are breast-feeding your child, it is not advisable to use this medication without informing your doctor.
How Should I Use Lidoderm?
Use Lidoderm precisely as prescribed by your doctor or as directed on the label. Usage of medication in higher amount is strictly prohibited and also usage of Lidoderm for longer period than actually recommended has to be avoided.
In case you use lidoderm more than prescribed amount or if you apply it on large areas of the skin or if you apply heat, plastic wrap or bandages to treated skin areas, lidoderm may be absorbed more by your body. An irritated skin or a cut skin can absorb the topical medication more than the skin that is healthy.
In order to relieve pain or to numb the skin, use the minimal amount of medication required. Use of high amounts of Lidoderm or covering of treated skin areas with a plastic wrap or bandage without any medical advice has to be strictly avoided. Everyone has to be aware that numerous cosmetic procedures are performed without any doctor present.
Application of Lidoderm on the skin areas with inflammation or with wounds has to be strictly avoided. Do not use this medication on raw or blistered skin like abrasion or severe burn.
What are the Side Effects of Lidoderm?
You need to get urgent medical help in case you have any of these symptoms of allergic reaction to Lidoderm: difficulty breathing, hives, swelling of your lips, tongue, throat or face.
In case you have any of these following (serious) side effects of lidoderm, stop using Lidoderm and contact your doctor immediately:
- Unclear vision;
- Confusion, drowsiness;
- Seizure (convulsions), tremors or
- Uneven heartbeats
General lidoderm side effects may include:
- Redness, mild irritation or inflammation on the area the medication is applied;
- Numbness in areas where the medicine is applied accidentally.