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Has advanced liver disease and chronic pain- calcification fused spine. His doctor said ok to use lidocaine patch. Not sure if safe, another option?

Has advanced liver disease and chronic pain- calcification fused spine. His doctor said ok to use lidocaine patch.  Not sure if safe, another option?

Safe: A lidocaine patch can be a good option for patients in whom giving a drug by mouth can cause side effects throughout the body. While some of the patch's lidocaine can get into the blood, it is much less: caution should always be used with any drug. Physical therapy, mindfulness meditation, biofeedback and clinical hypnosis can also be very effective at bringing relief. ...Read more

Dr. Austina Cho
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Liver (Definition)

This organ plays a major role in metabolism and has a number of functions in the body, including glycogen storage, decomposition of red blood cells, plasma protein synthesis, hormone production, and detoxification. It lies below the diaphragm in the abdominal-pelvic region of the abdomen. It produces bile, an alkaline compound which aids in digestion via the emulsification of ...Read more


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How do lidoderm patches work?

Local anesthetic: These patches contain lidocaine, a local anesthetic. It is absorbed directly into the skin causing a numbing effect. ...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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What can you tell me about lidoderm patches?

What can you tell me about lidoderm patches?

Lidodrem: Lidoderm patches have the local anesthetic lidocaine for treatment of herpes zoster pain AFTER the lesions heal. The skin becomes numb temporarily. It should be 12 hrs on and 12 hrs off and not left on the skin continuously. Any painful skin condition due to nerve problem can be helped with its application. DO NOT use on broken skin. ...Read more

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Does the lidoderm 5% effect drug testing at work?

Does the lidoderm 5% effect drug testing at work?

Usually not: Then usual drug screening does not screen for local anesthetics but drug screening can be modified to test for specific drugs added to the drug screen depending on what your employer wants and willing to pay for. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about orally ingesting a lidocaine (lidoderm) patch?

Not recommended: The lido patch is developed to deliver acontinuous dose of Lidocaine over a period of time. Opening the lido pouch and putting it on the skin that way or eating it will result in a larger than expected dose entering your body than it should have. It may b possible to get toxic, it would depend on the dose of Lidocaine in your patch. ...Read more

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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?

Addictive Disorder: Lidocaine works to help pain by blocking sodium channels. By smoking Lidoderm she can intoxicate and die pretty easily. Find an addiction psychiatrist for consultation and help. ...Read more

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What are the risks of keeping a lidoderm patch on for more than 12 hours? My skin doesn't seem to be irritated. I don't understand the problem.

What are the risks of keeping a lidoderm patch on for more than 12 hours? My skin doesn't seem to be irritated. I don't understand the problem.

Kinda right: The reason for the 12hr comes from manufacturer because they wanted to minimize the risk of toxicity. (hence minimize lawsuits) However, many of us do tell patients that they can keep it on for 24hrs before changing it. As far as I know there have been no cases of toxicity reported. ...Read more

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