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How do lidocaine patches help in treating arthritis?

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Lidocaine patches can be a remedy for arthritis joint pain. Lidocaine is a drug that blocks transmission of nerve messages. It acts as an anesthetic, an agent that reduces sensation or numbs pain.

SOURCES: Arthritis Foundation: "Rub It On: Topical Analgesics." Gammaitoni, A. Current Medical Research and Opinion, 2004. Towheed, T. Journal of Rheumatology. 2006. Fidelix, T. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 2006. Galer B, Kivitz A, Fairfax M, et. al. "A randomized, open-label study comparing the efficacy and safety of lidocaine patch 5% with celecoxib 200 mg in patients with pain from osteoarthritis of the knee:" Presented at the 24th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Pain Society, March 30-April 2, 2005. 

Reviewed by David Zelman on November 03, 2018

SOURCES: Arthritis Foundation: "Rub It On: Topical Analgesics." Gammaitoni, A. Current Medical Research and Opinion, 2004. Towheed, T. Journal of Rheumatology. 2006. Fidelix, T. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 2006. Galer B, Kivitz A, Fairfax M, et. al. "A randomized, open-label study comparing the efficacy and safety of lidocaine patch 5% with celecoxib 200 mg in patients with pain from osteoarthritis of the knee:" Presented at the 24th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Pain Society, March 30-April 2, 2005. 

Reviewed by David Zelman on November 03, 2018

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