This medication is used to prevent and relieve pain during certain medical procedures (such as inserting a tube into the urinary tract). It is also used to numb the lining of the mouth, throat, or nose before certain medical procedures (such as intubation). Lidocaine jelly is also used to relieve pain caused by swelling of the urinary tract (urethritis). It works by numbing certain areas of the body that are moist. Lidocaine belongs to a class of drugs known as local anesthetics.
How to use
This medication is usually applied by a health care professional to the area being treated or to the medical equipment used during a medical procedure. It is usually applied just before your procedure.
If you are using this medication at home, learn all preparation and usage instructions from your health care professional and the product package. Follow your doctor's instructions carefully. Clean the affected area before use, if possible, and apply with clean hands as directed. Avoid getting this medication in your eyes. Wash your hands after use. Throw away any unused jelly after first use.
The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to treatment. In children, the dosage is also based on age and weight. Do not use more than 4 doses in a 24-hour period. Do not increase your dose or use this drug more often or for longer than prescribed. Doing so can increase your risk of serious side effects.
When this medication is used in the mouth or throat, numbness may make swallowing difficult and increase your risk of swallowing the wrong way or choking. Do not chew gum or eat for 1 hour after using this product and while your mouth or throat is numb. It is especially important for children to not eat or chew gum for at least 1 hour after their procedures. Be careful not to accidentally bite your tongue or mouth.
Lidocaine starts to numb the affected area within 5 minutes after application. If you are using this product before certain procedures, tell your doctor if the area does not feel numb or the numbness does not go away. If you are using this product to relieve pain/discomfort, tell your doctor if your condition lasts or gets worse.
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