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The Lidoderm patch, available by prescription, is a shingles pain relief medication. It is used to provide relief from post-herpetic neuralgia pain resulting from a shingles infection. Lidocaine is a local anesthetic that is released into the skin in measured amounts through the patch. It blocks the ability of nerves to send pain signals, thereby reducing the burning, aches, and stabbing pains that result from shingles. Purchasing the Lidoderm patch from Canadian sources may offer the best and lowest cost.
Shingles is a viral infection caused by the varicella-zoster virus. It causes painful, burning skin rashes that usually occur on only one side of the body and most commonly on the torso, neck, or face. It is also referred to as herpes zoster and can be a recurring infection for some people. With most cases of shingles, the sufferer can expect their infection to clear within 3 to 5 weeks.
|US FDA, EU EMA
|1.5 h to 2 h
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|Routes of administration
The standard guideline for using the Lidoderm patch is to apply it once each day for shingles pain relief. A patch should not be worn for more than 12 hours, and users should never exceed the dosage regulations indicated in their prescription by applying more than 3 patches at any time.
The active ingredient in the Lidoderm patch is Lidocaine.
Inform your doctor of any history of G-6PD (glucose-6 phosphate dehydrogenase) blood disorder, methemoglobinemia, heart disease, lung disease, or liver disease before beginning treatment with the Lidoderm patch.
Advise your doctor if you have any surgery scheduled in the near future before beginning treatment with the Lidoderm patch.
Keep medication in a cool, dry place and out of the reach of children.
Adverse drug interactions may occur between the Lidoderm patch and certain prescription medications, including chloroquine, dapsone, disopyramide, flecainide, metoclopramide, mexiletine, moricizine, nitrofurantoin, nitroglycerin, nitroprusside, phenobarbital, phenytoin, primaquine, procainamide, propafenone, quinidine, quinine, sulfasalazine, and tocainide. Let your doctor know of all medications you are currently taking before getting a prescription and proceeding to buy Lidoderm patch online.
Lidocaine patch side effects may occur, and some users may experience burning or discomfort at the application site, redness or swelling under the patch, or rash or hives. If side effects occur, consider discontinuing use and consulting with your doctor to discuss alternative medications for shingles pain relief.
What is Lidoderm Patch used for?
Lidoderm Patch (Lidocaine) is a prescription medication used to relieve localized pain from postherpetic neuralgia (shingles pain) and arthritis.
How do I apply Lidoderm Patch?
Wash and dry the area where you will apply the patch. Apply one patch to the painful area, pressing firmly around the edges. Do not cut or re-use patches. Wear for up to 12 hours and remove before applying another patch. Do not use more than 3 patches in a 24-hour period.
Can I shower or bathe with Lidoderm Patch on?
Avoid showering or bathing for at least 1 hour after applying the patch. Some brands may be worn in water for a short time (like a 10-minute shower), but gently pat dry afterwards. Do not rub the patch.
What are the side effects of Lidoderm Patch?
Common side effects include skin irritation, redness, itching, and a burning sensation. More serious side effects can occur, so stop using the patch and consult your doctor if you experience dizziness, difficulty breathing, or confusion.
How long does it take for Lidoderm Patch to work?
It can take several hours for Lidoderm Patch to reach its full pain-relieving effect. Some people may not experience significant pain relief at all.
How often can I use Lidoderm Patch?
Apply one patch per day, only for up to 12 hours. Do not use more than 3 patches in a 24-hour period.
Is Lidoderm Patch safe for pregnant or breastfeeding women?
Talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits of using Lidoderm Patch if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Can I use Lidoderm Patch over broken skin?
Do not apply Lidoderm Patch to open wounds, cuts, or irritated skin.
Can I take other medications with Lidoderm Patch?
Tell your doctor about all medications you are taking, including over-the-counter drugs and supplements, to avoid potential interactions.
How long can I use Lidoderm Patch?
Use Lidoderm Patch only as directed by your doctor. They will determine the appropriate duration of treatment based on your individual needs.