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Bothersome Problems With the Lidocaine Patch

Bothersome Side Effects

The lidocaine patch 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 lidocaine 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 the lidocaine patch 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 bothersome side effects that are reported rarely include:
  • Weakness
  • Headaches
  • Increased or decreased sensation
  • Metallic taste or other taste changes
  • Nausea
  • Flushing.

Final Thoughts

You may experience some or none of the lidocaine patch side effects listed in this article. Unfortunately, there is no way for your healthcare provider to know beforehand if you will have problems with a medicine that you have never tried.
Therefore, make sure to let your healthcare provider know if you develop any side effects while using the lidocaine patch. Also, let your healthcare provider know if you develop something that "just does not seem right." While it may not be related to the medication, your healthcare provider will be able to diagnose and treat the problem.
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