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Is Lidocaine An Opiate
Local anesthetics: In combination Lidocaine + prilocaine = EMLA (lidocaine and prilocaine) topical cream. Lidocaine is a local anaesthetic of the amide group and commonly used for this purpose (e.g. dental office). Prilocaine is a local anesthetic of the amino amide type and used for local anesthesia. ...Read more
How much?: If just a tiny bit was consumed say a pea size amount nothing will happen but you may get a numb tongue or posterior pharynx (back of throat) for an hour or so. If the entire tube was taken I would see how many milligrams of lido/prilo were in the tube. Much of the medication would be broken-down in the stomach but you would absorb some. If you ate the entire tube I would go to the er. ...Read more
Two different meds: If I understood your question correctly, lidocaine (an amide) is also a local anesthetic, yet chemically it is different from tetracaine (an ester). The chance of allergic reaction is higher with ester-type drug (Novocaine, tetracaine). Duration and metabolism is also different. One should consult a doctor with the specific questions regarding safety. Hope that helps. ...Read more
Medical supply: Viscous Lidocaine is obtained from pharmacies or medical supply companies. I would be cautious of using lidocaine, which is a medication that has potential side effects and toxic effects if not used properly. Toxic levels of Lidocaine can cause seizures, heart arrhythmias, and even death. ...Read more
Depends why: Lidocaine may be injected into the gums safely by your dentist for pain relief. If you are talking about using Lidocaine for teething pain in babies, the answer would be no. This would not be safe. Your pediatrician can recommend better remedies to help with teething pain. A cold teething ring often helps. If this doesn't answer your question, let us know! ...Read more
Anesthetic allergy: Allergic reactions to Lidocaine and other local anesthetics are fairly unusual and very rarely serious. Most "reactions" turn out to be a toxic reaction due to dose or inadvertent injection into a blood vessel. Allergy skin testing is available to Lidocaine and an allergist can perform this. With different classes of local anesthetics, it is usually pretty easy to find an acceptable substitute. ...Read more
Cardiac arrhythmias?: I assume you're asking about cardiac arrhythmias? Lidocaine affects ventricular ectopy and has no effect on av conduction. It's was used for ventricular tachycardia and has largely been supplanted by amiodarone. Adenosine has no effect on the ventricles. It blocks av conduction. It's used to terminate supraventricular tachycardias. ...Read more
Lidocaine: You can make your own Lidocaine patch. Otc topical analgesics applied to gauze and cover affected area. ...Read more
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