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Does zostrix (capsaicin) work for shingles pain?

Does zostrix (capsaicin) work for shingles pain?

ZostrixThis: Yes - in fact we now have a 6% patch called Qutenza in the usa. ...Read more

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A painful blistering skin rash caused by the chickenpox virus (varicella zoster), occurring in people who have had chicken pox some time in their past. ...Read more


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Any tips on pain relief for shingles/herpes zoster?

Any tips on pain relief for shingles/herpes zoster?

Zoster pain: 1. Anti-virals- decrease length of symptoms 2. Anti-inflammatories 3. Neuropathic pain meds: gabapentin, lyrica, (pregabalin) tcas... 4. Traditional pain meds 5. Epidural steroid injections hang in there! ...Read more

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Would a lidocaine patch relieve pain?

Would a lidocaine patch relieve pain?

Yes: It can e very helpful depending upon the circumstances. Talk with a doctor if there is pain in your life and discuss the patches to see if they might be helpful. ...Read more

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What pain medicine works best with fentanyl patch for breakthrough pain? I'm currently on fentanyl patch and percocet.

What pain medicine works best with fentanyl patch for breakthrough pain? I'm currently on fentanyl patch and percocet.

Everyone differs: Breakthrough pain and the conditions that cause the pain differ in their responses to different pain medicines. Also, every individual differs in which pain medicine helps them best. Percocet tends to be one of the strongest oral narcotic and is usually the best for breakthrough pain but again this varies between individuals. ...Read more

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What is better for chronic pain management fentanyl patches or buprenex (buprenorphine)?

What is better for chronic pain management fentanyl patches or buprenex (buprenorphine)?

Neither: Neither. See a pain specialist who does not hand out narcotics. If you must have one, try for generic ms-contin. Less absue and diversion potential. ...Read more

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How is Duragesic (fentanyl) patch for chronic pain?

Reasonably effective: Let your pain management physician and your self decide about this option itching at site and premature falling off from site are some times problems. ...Read more

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Is flector patch (diclofenac) good for back injuries?

Is flector patch (diclofenac) good for back injuries?

I used them..: As long as it is for simple back pain. If it doesn't improve over a few weeks, strongly suggest on seeing a Chiropractor to get a back evaluation first. Then maybe go down the massage route. ...Read more

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Can butran patches be used for nerve type pain ?

Can butran patches be used for nerve type pain ?

Yes, moderate pain: Butrans patches have buprenorphine which is a partial agonist of the mu receptor and antagonist of the Kappa receptor. This means that it will relieve moderate amounts of pain, including nerve pain. Gabapentin and pregablin are usually better blockers of nerve pain. ...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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Ok to buy a Duragesic (fentanyl) pain patch online?

Ok to buy a Duragesic (fentanyl) pain patch online?

Fentanyl online: No, the delivery and integrity of the patch is of paramount importance and many people tamper with these and can alter sometimes fatally the delivery system. Your best bet is to get this with a legitimate doctors prescription with close supervision from a reputable pharmacy where quality and safety can be assured, these are potent and dangerous medications if used improperly. ...Read more

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Will a shot in my neck help with a pinch nerve. I'm already on fentanyl pain patch and Dilaudid 8mg for CMT back pain. Pain meds does not help with th?

Pain in the neck: what you need is a diagnosis and a program of physical therapy. Recent study showed that UNDERSTANDING the pain source helps with proper PT. you can check out my cervical exercises at www.grossaninstitute.com but first fully understand what your problem is and follow exercise program by a physical therapist. ...Read more

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Left leg &foot pain redness swelling warm to touch. Use flector patches cymbalta (duloxetine) morphine tizanidine &norco 4 chronic arthritis &back pain. Causes?

Left leg &foot pain redness swelling warm to touch. Use flector patches cymbalta (duloxetine) morphine tizanidine &norco 4 chronic arthritis  &back pain. Causes?

Leg modification: Complex regional pain syndrome. It is difficult to explain and to understand. Usually follows a major injury, operation, foreign materials to fix a fracture, etc. Has a sympathetic component (this is why the increased temperature and redness) unilateral sympathetic nerve block might help along with hot.Cold, tens, physical therapy, spinal stimulator. Prevention of bone loss is indicated. ...Read more

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How can I buy the Duragesic (fentanyl) pain patch?

How can I buy the Duragesic (fentanyl) pain patch?

Controlled substance: You have to be prescribed the narcotic by a pain specialist. ...Read more

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Is Tylenol (acetaminophen) +Codeine effective against shingles pain (feels like sciatic pain now as well)? Very painful. (about 3 weeks since shingles rash start)

Is Tylenol (acetaminophen) +Codeine effective against shingles pain (feels like sciatic pain now as well)?  Very painful. (about 3 weeks since shingles rash start)

Herpetic neuralgia: Tylenol (acetaminophen) with codeine is one of the pain medicine used for moderate to sever e pain control. For neuropathic pain sometimes it is necessary to use medicines with different mechanism of action both in systemic and topical routes. ...Read more

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Already taking methadone for chronic pain. RX'd the fentanyl patches but they arent working for rotator cuff injury pain. Why not?

Already taking methadone for chronic pain.  RX'd the fentanyl patches but they arent working for rotator cuff injury pain. Why not?

Methadone: Okay there is a problem with this picture - Methadone is a long acting medication and may be very appropriate for chronic pain (it is also used in addiction) - now you have Fentanyl patches - a long acting medication used in pain - why in the world were you given fentanyl patches when you are already on methadone. You cannot and must not use two long acting analgesics together. ...Read more

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Can the lidoderm patch cause diarrhea?

Can the lidoderm patch cause diarrhea?

Not commonly: The most common side effects with Lidoderm are redness, swelling, burning or discomfort at the application site. As well as hives or abnormal sensations. Some serious side effects may include seizures, irregular heartbeat, and hypersensitivity. Although diarrhea could be possible with almost any drug, it is not likely. Contact your primary care doctor if symptoms persist over 4-5 days. ...Read more

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Could lidoderm lidocaine patches have any form of codeine in it?

They don't: Lidoderm patches only contain lidocaine. There is no Codeine or Codeine products in them. ...Read more

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Would lidoderm lidocaine patch 5% show up in a 7 panel drug test?

No: The active ingredient in Lidoderm patch is Lidocaine which is a local anesthetic and not a controlled substance. So, it is not tested for in a drug screen. ...Read more

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I'm curious what are the risks if a lidoderm 5% patch is inserted rectally and won't come out?

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I'm curious what are the risks if a lidoderm 5% patch is inserted rectally and won't come out?

Rectal foreign body: Is not uncommon in emergency rooms in US. The foreign body needs to be removed without delay to prevent future complications. Rec. See your PCP for the proper referral. ...Read more

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I've never used a lidoderm patch before my back is killing me is it safe to use it or should I cut it into small pieces?

I've never used a lidoderm patch before my back is killing me is it safe to use it or should I cut it into small pieces?

Pain patch: Lidoderm is an anesthetic patch containing lidocaine and is prescribed as 12 hours on and 12 hours off as required for pain. It is normally quite safe and local allergic reactions may occur or local irritation if you leave the patch on for too long or repeatedly put the patch on the same location. You can cut the patch but be careful while holding it so that the medications does not get on u ...Read more

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Can you overdose from 1 lidoderm patch?

Can you overdose from 1 lidoderm patch?

No: Provided the patch is used as directed & prescribed, one lidoderm 5% patch will not cause toxicity. An adult may use up to 3 patches in 24 hours; 12 hours on & 12 hours off. ...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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Weird question but are lidoderm patches addicting (5%)?

No,: if it was the DEA would make it a controlled substance ...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?

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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Why would lidoderm pain patch have a reaction on a pulse rate?

Why would lidoderm  pain patch
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Unusual: Lidoderm patch causes local pain relief and typically does not enter blood stream or build up levels in the body. I suppose if one used several patches at a time, there might be enough to affect pulse, but this too would be very unusual. Doubt allergic response unless local skin rxtn. Search for another explanation. ...Read more

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I use lidoderm 5% patches for back pain. Can i apply heat to my back where the patch is?

Back pain: I would be very very careful with the heat as Lidoderm causes numbness which can mask the temperature and lead to burns. ...Read more

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