Lidocaine Patch Drug Information
If you have postherpetic neuralgia (nerve pain that occurs after having shingles), your healthcare provider may recommend the lidocaine patch (Lidoderm® patch). The patch is applied once daily, for up to 12 hours at a time. Although most people tolerate this medicine well, side effects are possible and may include skin redness, burning, and blistering.
Before using the lidocaine patch, make sure to review the drug's safety information with your healthcare provider. This skin patch may not be suitable for everyone, so make sure your healthcare provider is aware if you have any other medical conditions (such as liver disease or any allergies) or if you are taking any other types of medicine (including nonprescription medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements).
(For more information on this drug, click Lidocaine Patch. This article provides a more in-depth discussion, explaining how this skin patch works, what to expect while taking it, and how to ensure the effectiveness of each dose.)