Sold under a range of brand names including Akten, Lidoderm and Glydo; Lidocaine is used as cream, gel or patch to numb the skin and restrict pain.
In some cases, lidocaine can also be administered through injection. Lidocaine is administered as injection before surgical procedures to numb the skin and help with irregular heartbeat.
What is lidocaine injection and how is it given?
Lidocaine as injection is local anesthetic or numbing medication, which works by numbing the nerve ending in the area it is administered to.
Generally, lidocaine injection is used to numb the area of the body and reduce pain during surgery, needle puncture procedures (like tattooing, piercing) or while inserting catheter or breathing tube.
In some cases, lidocaine injection is also used to treat irregular heartbeat, which may signal a possible heart attack. To reduce pain and discomfort of contraction in labor pain, lidocaine is administered as injection in the spinal block (epidural).
Administering lidocaine in cases other than during labor pain is pretty easy. Lidocaine injection is injected into the vein through IV. This is largely done to help with irregular heartbeat.
In case lidocaine injection is used for its numbing properties. It is directly injected through the skin. This will help numb the skin area where it is injected.
When you’re administered with lidocaine injection in hospital setting, the doctors will keep a close watch on your breathing, blood pressure, vital signs and oxygen levels to ensure everything is fine. If the lidocaine injection is given for treatment of irregular heartbeat, then doctors will keep a close check on your heartrate using an Electrocardiograph.
Side effective of lidocaine injection
Lidocaine injection can have many side effects. Seek emergency medical attention just in case you experience allergic reactions or feel uncomfortable after being administered with lidocaine injection.
Some of the side effect that lidocaine injection ca lead to include
- Difficulty in breathing
- Swelling in the face, lips, throat or tongue
- Twitching, seizures or tremors
- Slow heartrate, shallow breathing
- Feeling light head, or passing out
- Muscle fatigue, stiffness and pain
- Change in urine color
- Skin appears to look blue / pale
- Feeling uneasy or feeling severe anxiety
- Feeling dizzy
- Blurring of eyes
If you experience any of the abovementioned side effects after lidocaine injection, it’s advised that you seek instant medical attention.
Things you should tell the doctor before lidocaine injection to avoid side effects later
If you are allergic to lidocaine injection or to any kind of numbing medicine, lidocaine injection is a big no for you.
When you are going to get lidocaine injection, you should tell the doctor of any previous illness to make sure lidocaine injection is safe for you. These include -
- History of heart blockage
- Slow heartrate problem (Stokes-Adams syndrome)
- High heartrate problem (Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome)
- History of liver disease
- History of kidney disease
- Coronary artery disease
- History of malignant hyperthermia
- Allergy to corn products
It is not clearly known if lidocaine injection has any hard to unborn baby. To be safe in any case, you should inform the doctor if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding mother.