What is this medicine?
LIDOCAINE; PRILOCAINE (LYE doe kane; PRIL oh kane) is a topical anesthetic used in dentistry. It causes loss of feeling in the skin and surrounding tissues. It is used to numb areas of the gums before dental work.
How should I use this medicine?
This medicine is applied to your gums by a health-care professional before dental work.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
blue gray color in mouth, lips, fingernails
changes in vision
confused, excitable, nervous, restless
irritation or sores on the gums
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
change in taste
redness of the gums
What may interact with this medicine?
medicines for the heart like nitroglycerin, nitroprusside
medicines to control heart rhythm like mexiletine, tocainide
other medicines that cause numbness
What if I miss a dose?
This does not apply.
Where should I keep my medicine?
This drug is given in a hospital or clinic and will not be stored at home.
What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
an unusual or allergic reaction to lidocaine, prilocaine, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
pregnant or trying to get pregnant
What should I watch for while using this medicine?
Be careful to avoid injury to the treated area while it is numb and you are not aware of the pain. Also, avoid drinking very hot or cold drinks while you are numb.
Do not touch this medicine to the eye. It may cause irritation and injury.