The Lidoderm patch, also called lidocaine patch, is primarily used for pain related to shingles, but has also been used for back pain. The patch contains a topical analgesic that when applied to an affected area relieves pain. The Lidoderm patch is very effective in reducing pain symptoms because it blocks pain signals being sent to the brain.
How to Use the Lidoderm Patch
Apply the Lidoderm patch to clean dry skin only. Do not place the patch on damaged skin or on an open skin wound. Wash hands before applying. Application should be placed on the painful area only. Cover the most painful area if the patch is too small and cut the patch into smaller pieces if only a small area is painful. Remove the patch if stinging or burning occurs. Wait until the irritation has subsided and try applying the patch again.
The patch may be worn up to 12 hours, but follow your doctor's orders as he may prefer that you not wear the patch that long. Fold the patch in half with sticky sides to the inside after removal from your skin and discard where children and pets cannot get to it. Do not apply another patch for 12 hours or when your doctor tells you to.
Do not use the Lidoderm patch if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Tell your doctor if you have had any allergic reactions, are on herbal medications or have heart, liver or kidney problems. Avoid contact with eyes, nose or mouth, and if contact is made, rinse immediately with cool water.
The Lidoderm patch may cause side effects of drowsiness and blurry vision. Use caution when driving or performing unsafe tasks. Do not drink alcohol with the patch as this may increase side effects. Side effects that may go away over time are redness, irritation and skin color change at the application site. See a doctor right away if you experience severe side effects such as rash, hives, swelling in the face or tongue, difficulty breathing, confusion and seizures. Use the Lidoderm patch according to your doctor's orders. When used correctly the Lidoderm patch is effective in reducing painful symptoms.