This medication is used to relieve pain and discomfort caused by certain mouth, nose, and throat problems. It is also used to numb the lining of the mouth, throat, or nose before certain medical procedures. It helps prevent the urge to close the throat (gag reflex), which might make the procedure more difficult. Lidocaine belongs to a class of drugs known as local anesthetics.This product should not be used to treat teething pain in infants and young children due to an increased risk of serious side effects. Talk to the doctor for more details and for other ways to treat teething pain.
How to use
This medication may be used as a spray by putting the solution into a special spray bottle (atomizer) or nebulizer. It can also be applied directly to the affected area with a sterile applicator or swab. Throw away the applicator or swab after use.
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. Do not swallow or gargle the medication unless directed to do so by your doctor.
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 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 using this product. 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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