Lidocaine is popularly used in numbing creams and treatments and has a wide range of uses as a topical anaesthetic. …read moreSee less
For example, lidocaine can be used to make injections feel more comfortable — ideal if you have a fear of needles or are about to get a tattoo in a sensitive area.
It also has other medical uses, like easing pain caused by mouth ulcers, braces, teething, or dental work, relieving sore throats, and even helping with premature ejaculation.
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Does lidocaine have any side effects?
Like all medications, lidocaine can have side effects, although not everyone will experience them.
Some of the most common side effects of lidocaine hydrochloride include:
- Allergic reaction, e.g. swelling, difficulty breathing, itching
- Irritation in area of application
- Loss of consciousness
- Sore throat
- Hoarseness or loss of voice
- Low blood pressure
- Difficulty breathing, slow breathing
- Slow heartbeat
- Stopped heartbeat or stopping breathing
If you experience these or any other side effects while using this product, stop use and speak to your doctor or pharmacist as soon as possible.
For a complete list of the side effects of your own medication, please read the patient information leaflet that comes included with the product.
How does lidocaine work?
Lidocaine works by blocking the nerves that send signals to your brain.
It gets to work wherever you place it, blocking signals moving to your brain from that area and numbing the area as a result.
This is perfect for those experiencing pain in a specific area, for example, when you have a mouth ulcer.
Is lidocaine suitable for children?
Some medications that contain lidocaine can be used to ease pain in children.
For example, Bonjela, Calgel, and Anbesol have all produced teething gels which contain lidocaine and are ideal for little ones who are suffering from teething pain.
However, you should always read the patient information leaflet that’s included with any medication before giving it to your child, so you can be 100% sure that it’s suitable for them.
If you’re ever unsure whether any medicines are suitable for your child, or if you have never given them to your child before, speak to your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
What is the maximum dose of lidocaine?
The maximum dose of each lidocaine product will change depending on your age and what you’re using lidocaine for.
The best way to find the maximum dose of your own lidocaine medication is to read the patient information leaflet that comes with the product, as this will let you know exactly how much you should take every day.
If you’re ever unsure, speak to your doctor or pharmacist before taking your medication so you can double-check that you’re taking the right dose for you.