The lidocaine patch is a prescription medication used for treating nerve pain that occurs following a case of shingles. Although most people tolerate this medication well, side effects are possible and include skin reactions, such as redness or blistering. These patches are usually applied to the skin once a day, and can be worn for up to 12 hours only in each 24-hour period.
What Is the Lidocaine Patch?The lidocaine patch (Lidoderm® patch) is a prescription medication approved to treat postherpetic neuralgia, the nerve pain that can occur after a case of shingles.
(Click What Is the Lidocaine Patch Used For? for more information on what the medication is used for, including possible off-label uses.)
What Are the Side Effects?Just like any medicine, the lidocaine patch may cause side effects. However, not everyone who uses this medication will experience 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. Serious reactions are less common.
Some of the possible side effects of the lidocaine patch include:
- Burning sensations
- Blistering of the skin
- Redness of the skin.
(Click Side Effects of the Lidocaine Patch to learn more, including potentially serious side effects that you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)