Lidocaine is a local anesthetic (numbing medication) that is used to numb an area of your body to help reduce pain or discomfort caused by invasive medical procedures such as surgery, needle punctures, or insertion of a catheter or breathing tube.
Lidocaine injection is sometimes used to treat irregular heart rhythms that may signal a possible heart attack.
Lidocaine injection is also given in an epidural (spinal block) to reduce the discomfort of contractions during labor.
Lidocaine injection may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Before taking this medicine
You should not receive this medicine if you are allergic to lidocaine injection or any other type of numbing medicine, or if you have:
- severe heart block;
- a heart rhythm disorder called Stokes-Adams syndrome (sudden slow heart beats that can cause you to faint); or
- a heart rhythm disorder called Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome (sudden fast heartbeats that can cause you to faint or become easily tired).
Tell your doctor if you have ever had:
- an allergy to corn products;
- liver disease;
- kidney disease;
- heart disease (unless you are being treated with lidocaine injection for a heart condition);
- coronary artery disease, circulation problems; or
- malignant hyperthermia.