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I have a friend that smokes lidoderm patches. What can happend to her if she keeps on doin it? Is she trying to get high on them?

I have a friend that smokes lidoderm patches. What can happend to her if she keeps on doin it? Is she trying to get high on them?

Not recommended: Patch recommended as topical numbing agent- serious side effects could occur like uneven heartbeats even seizures. Tell your friend to discontinue immediately!! ...Read more

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Lidoderm patches good for neuropathic pain?? I don't really seem to get any benefit from them even using 3 patches at a time

Lidoderm patches good for neuropathic pain?? I don't really seem to get any benefit from them even using 3 patches at a time

Depends: Cause of neuropathy? Other meds???? Doxipin cream 5% is very effective for some people. You need to work with your neurologist or other DR. ...Read more

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Fibromyalgia Use Lidoderm patches for pain relief. Insurance won't pay for and I cannot afford them. Any substitute or other suggestions?

Fibromyalgia Use Lidoderm patches for pain relief. Insurance won't pay for and I cannot afford them. Any substitute or other suggestions?

A few options: Make sure you are following with a primary care doctor or rheumatologist. Consider oral medications such as gapapentin or Lyrica, amitriptyline.... If you don't want to take oral medications, consider having medications compounded into a topical form ...Read more

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I was prescribed lidoderm patches (i do not take oral meds). I have noticed my mild crps gets worse with these patches. Why? I stopped using them.

I was prescribed lidoderm patches (i do not take oral meds). I have noticed my mild crps gets worse with these patches. Why? I stopped using them.

CPRS itself: It's possible that your skin is overly sensitive to the Lidoderm patch itself, may be lidocaine, some other ingredient in patch, or just the patch. May need to try an analgesic or anesthetic cream instead of a patch. ...Read more

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Is it ok to use lidoderm patches for osteoarthritis pain?

Is it ok to use lidoderm patches for osteoarthritis pain?

Yes: They are expensive but occasionally some people experience some value from them especially for low back pain. ...Read more

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Will lidoderm patches get you high?

Lidoderm patch high: Lidoderm patches should not get you high unless you are taking so many that you are getting a toxic level of Lidocaine in your system. The toxic effects of Lidocaine are more often seen when it is given intravenously but can occur by other routes. Lidocaine toxicity can be very dangerous. Only take medications as they have been prescribed. ...Read more

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