Read the Patient Information Leaflet if available from your pharmacist before you start using lidocaine and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Shake the bottle well before each dose. Carefully measure the dose using a special measuring device/spoon. Do not use a household spoon because you may not get the correct dose. Do not mix with other liquid or food unless directed by your doctor.
Use this medication as directed by your doctor, usually as needed for pain or soreness. For mouth pain, swish the dose in your mouth, then spit out. To treat a sore throat, gargle with the medication, then swallow or spit out, as directed by your doctor. To treat irritation of the esophagus, swallow the dose as directed by your doctor. Children should not swallow this medication unless directed by their doctor.
The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to treatment. In children, the dosage is also based on age and weight. Do not increase your dose or use this drug more often or for longer than prescribed, because your risk of side effects will increase. Overdose has occurred in children accidentally given the wrong dose. According to the US manufacturer, do not give a child more than 4 doses in a 12-hour period. According to the Canadian manufacturer, do not give a child more than 4 doses in a 24-hour period.
In adults, the usual maximum dose is 15 milliliters per dose. According to the US manufacturer, adults should not use this medication more often than every 3 hours and should not use more than 8 doses in a 24-hour period. According to the Canadian manufacturer, adults should not use more than 6 doses in a 24-hour period. Follow your doctor's instructions carefully.
For infants and children younger than 3 years, carefully measure the prescribed dose and apply to the affected area with a cotton swab. Wait at least 3 hours before giving the next dose. See also Warning section.
This medication numbs the mouth and throat. Numbness may make swallowing difficult and increase your risk of swallowing the wrong way or choking. Do not chew gum or eat for 1 hour after using this product and while your mouth or throat is numb. It is especially important for children to not eat or chew gum for at least 1 hour after using this product. Be careful not to accidentally bite your tongue or mouth.
Lidocaine starts to numb the affected area within 5 minutes after use. If you are using this product before certain procedures, tell your doctor if the area does not feel numb or the numbness does not go away. If you are using this product to relieve pain/discomfort, tell your doctor if your condition lasts or gets worse.