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A 41-year-old female asked:

Can lidocaine cream or ointment help with back pain?

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Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management 38 years experience
Yes, Lido 20% patch: It's used to relief moderate muscle and/or joint pain. Ask your health care provider if Lidocaine 20% patch won't interact with other medicines that you take.
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Dr. Karen Sibert
Anesthesiology 41 years experience
Patch is better: Lidocaine cream or ointment is most effective on small cuts or mucous membranes, as it isn't absorbed well through the skin. A better option for back pain is the Lidoderm patch 5%, which is designed for continuous absorption through the skin to provide relief of back pain. This is available by prescription only; see your physician. Exercise and physical therapy may help too.
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Last updated Aug 16, 2019


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