Xylocaine Ointment (Lidocaine)

Xylocaine Ointment

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Xylocaine Ointment is used on the skin to stop itching and pain from certain skin conditions such as scrapes, minor burns, eczema, and insect bites. It is also employed to treat minor discomfort and itching caused by hemorrhoids and certain other problems of the genital/anal area, such as anal fissures and itching around the vagina/rectum. Additionally, some forms of this medication are used to decrease discomfort or pain during certain medical procedures/exams, such as sigmoidoscopy and cystoscopy. Lidocaine, the active ingredient in Xylocaine Ointment, is a local anesthetic that works by causing temporary numbness or loss of feeling in the skin and mucous membranes.
  • Before applying Lidocaine Ointment, clean and dry the affected skin area as directed.
  • Apply a thin film of the ointment to the affected area, typically 2-3 times daily or as prescribed by your healthcare provider.
  • If using the spray or foam, follow specific instructions for shaking the canister and applying the medication (avoiding eyes, nose, and mouth).
  • Wash your hands after using Xylocaine Ointment, unless treating your hands.
  • Don't use Xylocaine Ointment on large areas of the body or more often than prescribed.
  • Don't use waterproof bandages, plastic coverings, or apply heat to the treated area unless your healthcare provider instructs you to do so. This can increase side effects.
  • Don't use Xylocaine Ointment on infected or sore areas without consulting your healthcare provider first.
  • Don't  get in eyes, nose, or ears: Avoid contact with eyes, nose, or ears. Rinse thoroughly with water if contact occurs.
  • Don't use it for extended periods: Don't use Xylocaine Ointment for longer than prescribed.
Common Side Effects:
  • Allergic reaction
  • Application site reactions such as burning, irritation, itching, and redness.
Serious Side Effects:
  • Blistering, crusting, irritation, itching, or reddening of the skin
  • Cough
  • Cracked, dry, or scaly skin
  • Fast heartbeat
  • Fever
  • Hives or welts, itching, skin rash
  • Hoarseness
  • Irritation
  • Joint pain, stiffness, or swelling
  • Large, hive-like swelling on the face, eyelids, lips, tongue, throat, hands, legs, feet, or genitals
  • Noisy breathing
  • Swelling of the eyelids, face, lips, hands, or feet
  • Tightness in the chest
  • Trouble breathing or swallowing
  • Methemoglobinemia, a serious blood problem where red blood cells cannot bring enough oxygen to the body, which may occur immediately or within hours of using Xylocaine Ointment. Early signs include headache, tiredness, and skin turning blue. Immediate medical attention is required in such cases
This is not an exhaustive list, and other side effects may occur. If you experience any unusual or severe side effects while taking Xylocaine ointment,  contact your healthcare provider for medical advice.
Inform your healthcare provider if you are allergic to lidocaine, other amide-type anesthetics, or any ingredients in Xylocaine Ointment. Disclose any pre-existing medical conditions to your healthcare provider before using Xylocaine Ointment, especially:
  • Broken skin or infection in the area to be treated
  • Heart disease
  • Liver disease
  • Methemoglobinemia (a blood disorder)
Inform medical personnel performing an MRI scan if you are using Xylocaine Ointment. Some Xylocaine Ointment brands may contain metals that can cause serious burns during an MRI and should not be used before the procedure. Consult your healthcare provider about your specific brand. Tell your healthcare provider about all medications you take, including Xylocaine Ointment, before having surgery. Children may be more sensitive to side effects. Xylocaine Ointment should only be used during pregnancy when clearly necessary. Discuss the risks and benefits with your healthcare provider. Xylocaine Ointment passes into breast milk but is unlikely to harm a nursing infant. Consult your healthcare provider before breastfeeding.  
Brand Name:

Xylocaine Ointment

Generic name:

Lidocaine, Lidocaine

Other Names:

Xylocaine Ointment, Lidodan Ointment

Strength(s): 5%
Quantities Available: 35, 70


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