What is Lidocaine?
Lidocaine is a type of medicine called a local anaesthetic. It works by temporarily blocking the pathway of pain signals along nerves. Lidocaine is routinely administered as a cream to numb areas that would otherwise feel pain. Lidocaine cream is a prescription-only medicine.
What is Lidocaine cream used for?
Lidocaine cream is used to temporarily numb the skin to relieve symptoms such as pain and itching from wounds, haemorrhoids, anal fissures, insect bites and nerve pain. Lidocaine cream can also be used to prevent premature ejaculation by desensitising the penis and glans, helping men to last longer in bed.
How to use Lidocaine cream
To alleviate pain and itching, apply a small amount of Lidocaine cream to the affected area. If used for relief from haemorrhoids, apply the cream after a bowel movement. For anal fissures the cream should be applied prior to a bowel movement.
If you are using the cream to prevent premature ejaculation, apply the product thinly to the glans and penis right before lovemaking. Start with a very small amount to avoid too much loss of sensation. If this does not produce the desired result, apply a little more next time.
Do not apply Lidocaine cream to broken or irritated skin, and avoid contact with the eyes. Wash your hands thoroughly after applying the cream.
The recommended dose for Lidocaine cream is:
- For treating pain and/or itching in adults and children: apply 1 to 2 ml of cream to the skin (about 2 to 4 cm of cream from the tube).
- For preventing premature ejaculation in adult men: apply a pea-sized dose to the glans and penis right before lovemaking. Adjust this dose as needed.
Do not use more than 5 grams of cream in any 24-hour period, unless the doctor advises otherwise. Read the package leaflet before use.
Lidocaine cream is generally well tolerated. It may, in rare cases, cause skin irritation in the form of redness or a sensation of burning, tingling or itching where the product was applied. Consult your doctor if the side effects are severe or bothersome. For more information on possible side effects, see the package leaflet.
When not to use Lidocaine cream
Lidocaine cream is not suitable for everyone. Do not use this cream if you are allergic to lidocaine or any other ingredient in it. Lidocaine cream may interact with other medicines, so be sure to tell the doctor what other medicines you are already taking when you order.
For more information on interactions and contraindications, see the package leaflet.
Lidocaine cream should not be used by pregnant or breastfeeding women without consulting a doctor first.
This medicine does not interact with alcohol or affect your ability to drive safely.