Lidocaine is a local anesthetic (numbing medication). It works by blocking nerve signals in your body.

Lidocaine topical (for use on the skin) is used to reduce pain or discomfort caused by skin irritations such as sunburn, insect bites, poison ivy, poison oak, poison sumac, and minor cuts, scratches, or burns. Lidocaine topical is also used to treat rectal discomfort caused by hemorrhoids.

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  • Severity: Major
    You should check with your doctor immediately if any of these side effects occur when taking lidocaine topical:

    Rare:
    Blistering, crusting, irritation, itching, or reddening of the skin
    cough
    cracked, dry, or scaly skin
    fast heartbeat
    fever
    hives or welts, itching, or skin rash
    hoarseness
    irritation
    joint pain, stiffness, or swelling
    large, hive-like swelling on the face, eyelids, lips, tongue, throat, hands, legs, feet, or sex organs
    noisy breathing
    swelling of the eyelids, face, lips, hands, or feet
    tightness in the chest
    troubled breathing or swallowing
    Incidence not known:
    Blistering, bruising, burning, discoloration, itching, redness, or swelling at the application site
    blurred vision
    chest pain or discomfort
    cold, clammy, or pale skin
    confusion
    dizziness, faintness, or lightheadedness when getting up suddenly from a lying or sitting position
    drowsiness or dizziness
    false or unusual sense of well-being
    fear or nervousness
    irregular, fast or slow, or shallow breathing
    lethargy
    no blood pressure or pulse
    pale or blue lips, fingernails, or skin
    puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, face, lips, or tongue
    seizures
    shakiness in the legs, arms, hands, or feet
    slow heart rate
    slow or irregular heartbeat
    stopping of heart
    trembling or shaking of the hands or feet
    twitching
    unconsciousness
    unusual tiredness or weakness
    weakness
    Severity: Minor
    Some of the side effects that can occur with lidocaine topical may not need medical attention. As your body adjusts to the medicine during treatment these side effects may go away. Your health care professional may also be able to tell you about ways to reduce or prevent some of these side effects. If any of the following side effects continue, are bothersome or if you have any questions about them, check with your health care professional:

    Incidence not known:
    Bad, unusual, or unpleasant (after) taste
    change in taste
    cold or numbness
    confusion about identity, place, and time
    continuing ringing or buzzing or other unexplained noise in the ears
    double vision
    headache
    hearing loss
    heat sensation
    lack or loss of strength
    metallic taste
    sleepiness or unusual drowsiness
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