What is Lidocaine?

Lidocaine is an anesthetic that has a numbing effect and are used to block pain. Topical (intended to be used on body surfaces such as the skin) lidocaine is a common medicine in one’s home. Topical anesthetics like lidocaine are available as gels, creams, liquids, sprays, eye drops, and patches. They work by blocking nerves from sending pain signals to the brain. The result is temporary numbness of the area on which they are applied (a “local” anesthetic). Lidocaine may also be injected into a trigger point of a person suffering from Myofascial Pain Syndrome to relief muscle pain and stiffness.

Brands of Lidocaine:

Lidoderm, Recticare, Anecream, Topicaine, Glydo, Akten, Lidocaine Viscous, Xylocaine-MPF, Regenecare HA, Xylocaine, and more.

Side Effects:

Temporary redness, stinging, and a little bit of swelling may occur at the application site. If these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor right away.


Before using lidocaine, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to other type anesthetics. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.