This combination medication is used to treat irritation, soreness, and itchiness from certain skin conditions (e.g., scrapes, minor burns, eczema, insect bites). It can also be used to treat minor discomfort and itching caused by hemorrhoids and other problems of the anal area (e.g., anal fissures). This medication contains lidocaine, an anesthetic that works to decrease pain by temporarily numbing the area. This product also contains hydrocortisone, a corticosteroid that reduces redness, itching, and swelling.
How to use Lidocaine-HC Cream
Apply a thin layer of medication to the affected area of skin 2 or 3 times daily or as directed by your doctor. If you are using the medicated pads, use each pad only once and discard the pad after one use. Do not save used pads for later.
To apply this medication to the outside of the anus, apply a small amount to the affected area and rub in gently. Do not apply this medication inside the anus.
Dosage is based on your medical condition and response to therapy. Use this medication regularly in order to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, use it at the same times each day.
Do not use on large areas of the body, apply heat or cover the area with waterproof bandages or plastic unless directed to do so by your doctor. If used in the diaper area on an infant, do not use tight-fitting diapers or plastic pants. These may increase the risk of serious side effects.
Wash hands immediately after use unless you are treating an area on the hands. Avoid getting the product in your eyes, nose, ears, or mouth. If the medication gets in these areas, rinse the area immediately with clean water.
Do not use more of this product, use it more often, or keep using it longer than prescribed by your doctor. If you have been using this medication for a long time or in high doses, do not suddenly stop using it without your doctor's approval. Some conditions may become worse when this drug is suddenly stopped. Your dose may need to be gradually decreased.
Inform your doctor if your condition does not improve or if it worsens after 1 to 2 weeks.
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