Lidoderm Medication Information
The Lidoderm® patch (lidocaine patch) is a drug used to treat postherpetic neuralgia, which is nerve pain following a case of shingles. It is only available with a prescription and is approved for use in adults. This medicine comes in the form of a patch and is typically applied to the skin once a day. Up to three patches can be applied at once, but it is important to only wear the patches for up to 12 hours in each 24-hour period.
Although the medicine is generally well tolerated, it is not suitable for everyone. Before using Lidoderm, make sure your healthcare provider has up-to-date information on your medical history and a list of your current medications.
In particular, make sure to let your healthcare provider know if you have liver disease, any allergies, or if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Possible side effects include reactions at the application site, such as redness, blistering, or burning.
(Click Lidoderm Patch for more information on this medication. This eMedTV Web article offers a complete overview of this skin patch, including how it works, why it is not suitable for everyone, and dosing guidelines.)