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Lidoderm Side Effects

A few common side effects of the Lidoderm patch include reactions at the application site, such as blisters, swelling, and redness. In most cases, these side effects are minor and are easily treated. However, make sure to notify your healthcare provider right away if you develop serious problems, such as hives, shortness of breath, or unexplained swelling of the mouth or throat.

An Introduction to Lidoderm Side Effects

As with any medicine, the Lidoderm® patch (lidocaine patch) can cause side effects. However, not everyone who uses the medication will have problems. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider.
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with Lidoderm. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list with you.)

Bothersome Side Effects of Lidoderm

Lidoderm has been studied thoroughly in clinical trials. In these studies, the side effects that occurred were carefully documented. However, unlike with most medications, the prescribing information for Lidoderm does not include specific percentages for the possible side effects, for reasons that are unknown.
Some of the possible bothersome (but not usually dangerous) side effects of Lidoderm include reactions at the application site, such as:
  • Blisters
  • Bruising
  • A burning sensation
  • Loss of skin pigmentation
  • Discoloration
  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Peeling
  • Irritation
  • Itching
  • Abnormal sensations.
These reactions are usually mild and go away within a few minutes to hours. However, it is recommended that you remove the patch immediately (and contact your healthcare provider for further advice) if irritation or a burning sensation occurs.
A few rarely reported bothersome side effects include:
  • Weakness
  • Headaches
  • Increased or decreased sensation
  • Metallic taste or other taste changes
  • Nausea
  • Flushing.
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