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Side Effects of the Lidocaine Patch

Although most people tolerate the lidocaine patch well, side effects are possible. Some of the most common side effects of the patch are skin reactions, such as blisters, swelling, and redness. In most cases, problems are minor and easy to treat. However, notify your healthcare provider right away if you develop serious reactions, such as blurred vision or difficulty breathing.

An Introduction to Side Effects of the Lidocaine Patch

As with any medicine, the lidocaine patch (Lidoderm® patch) can cause side effects. However, not everyone who uses the medication will have 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.
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with the lidocaine patch. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list with you.)

Lidocaine Patch Side Effects to Report

In rare cases, the lidocaine patch can cause certain serious side effects that you should report immediately to your healthcare provider. These include but are not limited to:
  • Signs of an allergic reaction, including:
    • An unexplained rash
    • Hives
    • Itching
    • Unexplained swelling of the mouth or throat
    • Wheezing or difficulty breathing or swallowing
  • Lightheadedness or dizziness
  • Confusion or drowsiness
  • Nervousness
  • Blurred or double vision
  • Vomiting
  • Shakiness, twitching, or seizures
  • Euphoria (an unexplained pleasant sensation)
  • Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
  • A slow heart rate (bradycardia)
  • Low blood pressure (hypotension)
  • Slow or irregular breathing.
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