About Lidocaine 5% Ointment

Medication Name Lidocaine 5% Ointment
Type and Form of Medicine Topical Ointment
What it Does Relieves pain and itching
Active Ingredients Lidocaine
Strength 5%
Size 15g
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What is Lidocaine 5% Ointment?

Lidocaine 5% Ointment is a topical medication used to relieve pain and itching. It contains lidocaine, a local anaesthetic that numbs the skin. This ointment is commonly used to treat conditions that cause discomfort, such as genital herpes, minor burns, insect bites, and other skin irritations.

What is Lidocaine 5% Ointment used for?

Lidocaine 5% Ointment is primarily used to relieve pain and itching associated with genital herpes. Genital herpes causes painful sores and discomfort, and this ointment helps to numb the affected area, providing relief from these symptoms.

Besides genital herpes, doctors may also recommend Lidocaine 5% Ointment for other conditions, including:

  • Minor burns
  • Insect bites
  • Sunburn
  • Minor cuts and abrasions
  • Haemorrhoids

How does Lidocaine 5% Ointment work?

Lidocaine 5% Ointment works by blocking the sodium channels in the nerve cells of the skin. When you apply the ointment to the affected area, lidocaine penetrates the skin and temporarily numbs the nerve endings. This action prevents the nerves from sending pain signals to the brain, providing relief from pain and itching. In the case of genital herpes, this numbing effect helps to alleviate the discomfort caused by the sores.

Who is Lidocaine 5% Ointment suitable for?

Lidocaine 5% Ointment is suitable for adults and children over the age of 12 who need relief from pain and itching due to skin irritations. However, it may not be suitable for everyone. People with certain conditions or circumstances should avoid using this ointment, including:

  • Individuals allergic to lidocaine or any other ingredients in the ointment
  • People with severe liver disease
  • Patients with a history of severe heart problems
  • Children under the age of 12, unless directed by a doctor

How to apply Lidocaine 5% Ointment

Follow these steps to apply Lidocaine 5% Ointment:

  1. Wash your hands thoroughly before applying the ointment.
  2. Clean and dry the affected area.
  3. Apply a thin layer of the ointment to the affected area.
  4. Gently rub the ointment into the skin until it is evenly distributed.
  5. Wash your hands again after applying the ointment.

Apply Lidocaine 5% Ointment 2 to 3 times a day, or as directed by your doctor or pharmacist.

For treating genital herpes, use the ointment for as long as your doctor or pharmacist recommends. Typically, you should continue using it until the sores heal and the pain subsides.

Lidocaine 5% Ointment Side Effects

Like all medications, Lidocaine 5% Ointment can cause side effects. Below are some common, uncommon, and serious side effects you may experience:

Common Side Effects

  • Redness at the application site
  • Mild burning or stinging sensation
  • Itching

Uncommon Side Effects

  • Swelling at the application site
  • Rash
  • Dry skin

Serious Side Effects

  • Severe allergic reactions (e.g., difficulty breathing, swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat)
  • Severe burning or stinging sensation
  • Irregular heartbeat

For a full list of side effects, please refer to the patient information leaflet.

Lidocaine 5% Ointment Ingredients

Active Ingredients: Lidocaine

Other Ingredients: Polyethylene glycol, propylene glycol, and purified water

Important Information

  • Do not use Lidocaine 5% Ointment if you are allergic to lidocaine or any other ingredients in the ointment.
  • Avoid using the ointment on large areas of the body or broken skin.
  • Do not use the ointment on mucous membranes, such as inside the mouth or nose.
  • Consult your doctor or pharmacist before using this ointment if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
  • Keep the ointment out of reach of children.
  • Store the ointment at room temperature, away from heat and direct sunlight.