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.
This medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.
COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Oraqix
What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
- G6PD deficiency
- heart disease
- kidney disease
- liver disease
- an unusual or allergic reaction to lidocaine, prilocaine, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
- pregnant or trying to get pregnant
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.
Overdosage: If you think you have taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.
NOTE: This medicine is only for you. Do not share this medicine with others.
What if I miss a dose?
This does not apply.
What may interact with this medicine?
This medicine may interact with the following medications:
- certain antibiotics like dapsone, nitrofurantoin, aminosalicylic acid, sulfasalazine
- certain medicines for seizures like phenobarbital, phenytoin, valproic acid
- other local anesthetics like pramoxine, tetracaine
This list may not describe all possible interactions. Give your health care provider a list of all the medicines, herbs, non-prescription drugs, or dietary supplements you use. Also tell them if you smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs. Some items may interact with your medicine.
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.
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
- breathing problems
- changes in vision
- chills, fever
- confused, excitable, nervous, restless
- dizzy, drowsy
- irregular heartbeat
- irritation or sores on the gums
- nausea, vomiting
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
This list may not describe all possible side effects. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Where should I keep my medicine?
This drug is given in a hospital or clinic and will not be stored at home.
NOTE: This sheet is a summary. It may not cover all possible information. If you have questions about this medicine, talk to your doctor, pharmacist, or health care provider.
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