Lidoderm (lidocaine patch 5%)
Manufacturer: Endo Pharmaceuticals
Indication(s): Chronic nerve pain (post-herpetic neuralgia) that often follows a case of shingles.
Administration: Applied topically to the painful areas of the intact skin.
Pharmacology: The anesthetic is slowly released into the tissue penetrating deeply enough to relieve pain at the damaged nerves without causing substantial numbness or systemic side effects.
WebRx Editorial Notes: Several patches can be used without worry of significant side effects if needed for a large area. Patches can be cut to fit. This is a welcome addition to the available treatments for treating the pain of herpes zoster (shingles).
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